It's been over a year since my last review, but - prompted by Children's Book Week - I'm back and I have a STACK of beautiful picture books to share.
First up - another of my childhood favourites. Probably my all time favourite actually, and I still have my original copy (I love the fact my mum used to write in books - and of course Rebecca has added her personalised ex libris stamp to the inside cover too! ).
It's a nonsense rhyme about "Mr Magnolia who has only one boot". I loved it when I was little - I was given in just before my 3rd birthday - and my 3 year old daughter loves it now, as she fills in the rhymes on each page.
The words are great. But it's the energy of Quentin Blake's illustrations that elevate this little volume, and the attention to detail - the mice on every page, the man, dog and rabbits hiding in a grass verge. And the eccentricity of this man who has pet owls. parakeets and a DINOSAUR but only one boot (...poor Mr Magnolia).
The childish simplicity of the problem - he can't go out in the rain with only one shoe - reaches a satisfying confusion when a friend gives him a fabulous new boot - and who cares that it doesn't match!
You can buy Mr Magnolia from Amazon here