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We love: Melric and the Dragon

A new-to-us series of books by David McKee, creator of Elmer the Elephant, King Rollo & Mr Benn. Yes, please! Melric the King’s magician, comes to the rescue when reports of dragons are brought to the palace. The King’s soldiers are getting fat & he thinks that a dragon hunt will be just the thing to give them some much needed exercise. But are the dragons really as terrifying as all that? While the soldiers blunder off hunting all the wrong kinds of dragon — kites, pub signs, paintings — Melric sets about finding the real dragon. Melric and the Dragon is sweet, funny and entertaining, and the pictures contain little details that sharp-eyed readers love to return to: the soldier cutting a cake with his sword, the old lady knitting, the pair of soldiers buying burgers before they set out on the dragon hunt. There’s a great short video (3 minutes) of David McKee talking about his work here. It seems that the Melric books have been around since the 70s but I’d somehow never come across them before. Five are …

A Christmas Card by Paul Theroux | edge of evening

We love: A Christmas Card

Whenever I see light feathers of snow moving slowly down a window to make a white pillow on the sill, and hear the thin moan of wind through casement cracks in a room where a fireplace is singing with flames, I remember the Christmas when I was nine, and our house at Indian Willows.  The Christmas Card by Paul Theroux We’re all home — from work & school — and it feels so good to be free of any obligations other than those we choose. No swimming, no ballet, no football, no rushing; just coffees with new neighbours & with old friends, cooking all of the delicious things that have become part of our family Christmas, and generally being in. Though the weather’s still mild, it’s turned wet & windy, and the winter solstice seems like the perfect time to stay close to home and close to one another. And, at long last, I bring you a Christmassy read. I saw A Christmas Card in the Oxfam bookshop last week and picked it up, inspired by Kerry’s reading …

We love: This Little Cat

The Pip-Pop is fourteen months. His favourite word is ‘cat’. He’s also very fond of ‘hat’. ‘Hat’ involves a long-running joke in which he places a book, a sock, or a buttery piece of toast on his head, smiles his devastating smile and says ‘hat’, then waits for our appreciation. We, of course, laugh every time. Or at least – in the case of the toast – smile and sigh, ‘Oh, Pops!’ while rubbing at his head with a baby wipe. Someone must have taught him this. I fear it was me. Anyway, back to ‘cat’. His Christmas stocking contained the perfect book for a cat-loving baby: Petr Horáček‘s This Little Cat. Its differently sized pages are perfect for chubby little hands to turn and it builds to the most delicious joke: the last cat is ready and waiting to eat you up. The Pip-Pop roars with delight as the final page is turned. He’s even added ‘tiger’ to his repertoire. Quite something for someone who refuses to recognise the existence of dogs – far …