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The Christmas Hat - A. J. Wood

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: A. J. Wood, Maggie Kneen / Edition: illustrated edition / Hardcover / Reading Level: Ages 4-8 / 32 Pages / Book is published 1972-12 by Dutton Children's Books

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      01.12.2009 22:46
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      Depending on what order my reviews are posted, you may or may not be aware of my penchant for Christmas books, these are solely to get my kids in the festive spirit, not that they need any real encouragement, but anyway!

      The book I will now review is - "The Christmas hat by A.J Wood"

      The story centres around little owl, who is found as a chick by Rabbit and Badger, lost and presumably orphaned and wandering around the woods on his own.
      Rabbit and Badger decide on the spot that they will take care of little Owl until such a time that he can care for himself.
      They are soon to regret their decision when it turns out that little Owl is quite mischievous and they find themselves constantly telling him off.

      The only time Owl really behaves himself is when he is able to play outside in the snow, there is a small problem with this though.......he becomes invisible against the snow!
      Owl is small and has his baby feathers to boot, so when out in the snow it is difficult to see were he is.

      For his first Christmas with them Rabbit decides to knit him a bright red Santa's hat to combat the problem, so yes he is now visible to them, but who else has spotted him and will he be on the menu for Christmas lunch?

      This is not the best book I have ever read, and even my son has only requested this book a couple of times unlike some of the others in our library, this in part because they can't work out why a married coupe like Rabbit and Badger have adopted a baby owl, when they already have an aging mole living with them and a squirrel as another step child, though I have tried to explain that there are families out there that are not as conventional as ours, it takes allsorts after all.

      The text is what I would deem as for a slightly more confident reader, definitely not a starter book, but perfect for a night reader (that's a book read by mummy in my our house!).
      The text is not that easy to read at times anyway, as it is printed in an italic font, making a few words a little difficult to decipher at times.

      The pictures are excellent though! The books pictures are very detailed, with there being lots of colour and activity in each, with the added element of having raised and textured areas on each page.
      None of the characters I the book are illustrated as being cartoony in anyway, with all the pictures being quite old fashioned in style, but very effective.

      This book is available from www.amazon.co.uk and is available from £3.00 plus P&P.

      This is a nice enough book which would make a lovely gift.

      Thanks for reading x

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