So, in addition to today being the wondrous celebration of books and reading that is International Book Giving Day, February 14th also happens to be Valentine’s Day. M and I don’t usually make a huge deal about it, but this year I wish I had done something more than get him a card (well, two cards, but still…) because he MADE me this:
Yep, it’s the entire text of one of my favourite books (‘This Moose Belongs To Me‘ *, by Oliver Jeffers, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books), typed into a hand drawn moose, complete with ‘Marcel’ name tag. I am officially the luckiest woman in the world.
Only yesterday I had been saying to M – incurable romantic that I am – how he shouldn’t worry about getting flowers as they’d only set off his hay fever and it’s hard to find a place to put them with two adventurous young children constantly on the prowl for new and exciting things to investigate. Instead I mentioned that, as today was International Book Giving Day, giving and receiving books would be far more meaningful anyway. Little did I know that he had already finished this awesome gift! Here’s a close-up:
I can’t wait to get it framed and find exactly the right place to hand so that I can admire it endlessly. It is a perfect page of happiness and combines the things (other than my children) I love the most – M and books. I LOVE it.
* Please do click on this link – not only because it has a review of the book and chance for you to buy it for yourselves, but because if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can find a video made by Oliver Jeffers about how he works. It’s AMAZING.