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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Posts of Christmas Past: Russell's Christmas Magic

Gotta love Russell the Sheep. He’s just the most scrumptious ball of wool, so outright tactile, the fingers are literally called to stroke the page. Such is Rob Scotton’s artistic genius.

It’s without a doubt that Scotton’s work is utterly eye-entrancing, but even so, it’s the addition of adorable characters, the humour and the beautifully-penned storyline that combine create such lust-worthy books. Russell’s Christmas Magic is no exception.

Santa has crash-landed in Firefly Wood. His sleigh is broke and it’s looking like Christmas might have to be cancelled. Dire straights indeed. Until Russell comes up with a brilliant idea.

Unearthing an old car chassis, he sets to work with his whiz bang tool chest – and creates a phantasmagorical gift-toting vehicle . . . thanks to a little bit of Christmas magic.

This is a timeless and beautiful book, with delectable detail (the frog making snow angels is my favourite), a heartfelt storyline, and truly heart-palpitating imagery. The perfect Christmas Eve read.

Title: Russell’s Christmas Magic
Author/Illustrator: Rob Scotton
Publisher: HarperCollins, $23.95 RRP
Publication Date: October 2007
ISBN: 9780060598549
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book

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