Top 10 picture books this Christmas

The Muddy Top 10 guide to picture books for little people, as recommended by Woodstock Books.  A feast of good reading… well, and looking at pictures.  And very lovely ones, too.
Orlando The Marmalade Cat: A Camping Holiday by Katherine Hale
Orlando
A new generation can discover the charms of Orlando the marmalade cat, first published 70 years ago, with this very welcome reissue of a much-loved author. The illustrations are as wonderful and timeless as ever.
Doughnuts for a Dragon by Adam & Charlotte Guillain
Doughnuts
This hugely talented writing team live in Woodstock, and Doughnuts is the third of their quirky, rhyming stories about an adventurous boy called George.
Sparky! by Jenny Offill & Chris Appelhans
sparky
The charmingly illustrated story of a girl and her pet sloth, Sparky.
The Dragon and the Knight by Robert Sabuda
 Dragon
A pop-up misadventure. Creative paper engineering at its best, by the master of pop-up and just as much fun for adults as kids.
The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson
peter rabbit
This is Emma Thompson’s third Peter Rabbit tale and her best so far – she catches the tone of the original while being contemporary, this time following Peter’s adventures at the fair. ‘”A fair attracts the Feckless and Shifty,” warns Mrs Rabbit – but when did Peter ever listen to his mother?
Hog in the Fog by Julia Copus
Hog in the fog
 A superb rhyming tale by one of our best adult poets – her first children’s book, and a real winner.
The Snow Day by Richard Curtis
snow day
Richard Curtis (yes, the director of Notting Hill and Love, Actually) writes this charming story with illustrations by Rebecca Cobb. It follows the day when Danny is the only child to turn up at school on a snow day. Also worth checking The Empty Stocking, Curtis & Cobb’s perfect Christmas tale from last year!
Circles by Yusuke Yonezu
circles
A board book with bright colours and lots of different circles for little fingers to explore. Another winner from Minedition.
The Book With No Pictures by B J Novak
book with no pic
A pictureless book that makes the reader say silly and hilarious things. Your kids will love it.
Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes by Nicola Davies & Emily Sutton
tiny
Fascinating and beautifully illustrated book about microbes. Better than it sounds!
Available from The Woodstock Bookshop, 23 Oxford Street, Woodstock OX20 1TH. Tel: 01993 812760.

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