‘Lucky Wish Mouse – White Christmas‘ by Clara Vulliamy (published by Orchard Books)
It’s a warming spiced apple juice of a story: sweet, comforting and with just the right dash of festive flavour. There is a welcome emphasis on the important values of Christmas – being together, having fun and retaining that sense of wonderment about what magic might take place.
Having said that, in no way are the adventures of the ten Tinies unbearably sickly sweet. There’s plenty of light-hearted mischief here for us all to enjoy and I know C and H certainly empathise with the Tinies’ opinion about clearing up after baking 😉
The illustrations in this book contain a multitude of delightful little details, such as the stitching round the border of each picture, the mobile made from confetti strung onto a paperclip and the chocolate box bed in which the Tinies sleep (ten pairs of shoes lined up neatly at the end).
Although the tiniest Tiny does get into a spot of snowy bother when she bravely goes out to look for the Christmas that they believe has forgotten them, in Clara Vulliamy’s hands you are never truly frightened, you just feel that delicious sense of fear similar to the moments before someone takes you on that thrilling ride at the funfair. You can revel in it, because you just KNOW you’re in safe hands and everything will be alright in the end.
Needless to say, the true spirit of Christmas does find the Tinies, along with a mysterious looking mouse cloaked in a red suit and carrying a sack. This is a great book to share with pre-schoolers and once they’ve fallen in love with it, you’ll definitely need to get the rest of the series!
Oh, and for those of you who mightn’t know, Clara Vulliamy is Shirley Hughes’ daughter. Just how much would you LOVE to spend Christmas with that family?!?! 🙂