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Friday 14 December 2018

Review: Pip and Posy: The Christmas Tree

Pip and Posy set out to get a Christmas tree. The ground and everything else is covered in snow, so they bring the tree back on their sled. They stand the tree in a pot and go to prepare the yummy decorations that will fill the room with a festive atmosphere.

Posy hangs the four delicious decorated biscuits on the branches. When she returns with the candy canes, one biscuit is missing! She hangs the candy canes and goes to get the chocolate bells. She counts the candy canes and again there is one less.

Something worse happens when Posy comes back with the star. All the decorations are gone. Pip is spread out on the couch feeling sick.

Where have all the edible decorations gone? Why is Pip sick? Can they remake the decorations? Perhaps from paper this time?

This Christmas mystery is full of tenderness, tolerance, forgiveness and companionship from the wonderful Pip and Posy series by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo.

It is also a counting, adding, and subtracting game, and divinely illustrated with familiar bold lines and stunning colours. The backgrounds are created in intricate detail and festive gaiety.

The gorgeous candy striped end papers and spine, celebrate the season. Generous amounts of green on the bottom half of the outside covers hold up the image of Pip and Posy with their fully decorated Christmas tree and presents beneath waiting to be opened. It’s the ideal stocking filler, under-the-tree surprise, or just a warm storybook to cuddle up with at Christmas for toddlers and early readers.

Title: Pip and Posy: The Christmas Tree
Author/Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $19.99
Publication Date: 24 October 2018
Format: Hardcover (padded)
ISBN: 9781788000864
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book