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Tuesday 21 December 2010

Review: Mrs Christmas

When Mrs Christmas wakes to find Santa - and the reindeer! - covered in spots, she knows she has some work to do. It's right before Christmas, and there's much to catch up on.

There's children's letters to compile and respond to, there's toys to finish making, there's even a new gift-delivery vehicle to create... after all, the reindeer aren't going anywhere...
The resourceful Mrs Christmas instead sets about inventing a super sonic bicycle powered by the vacuum cleaner! and busily stacks her bike baskets full. She then dresses in her red suit, slicks on some lippie - and she's out the door.

From chimney to chimney, Mrs Christmas gets the job done, and when she returns, she's delighted to be treated to a lovely hot bath and a delicious supper... prepared by a recovering Santa.

The illustrations in Mrs Christmas are lustrously beautiful. Warm, detailed, snowy and gorgeous - they are a sheer delight to pore over. The storyline is equally charming but I did find the voice of the text a little 'unedited'. The flow and the wordage used seem slightly stoccato and more like someone reporting an event, rather than the typical, flowing storybook-type copy this book deserves.

Nevertheless, this small issue will not affect how children enjoy this story - and enjoy it they will.

Title: Mrs Christmas
Author/Illustrator: Penny Ives
Publisher: Puffin, A$14.95
Publication Date: 6 February 1998
Format: Soft cover
ISBN: 9780140554342
For ages: 3 - 6
Type: Picture Book

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