Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa

I came into the Library the other day to a wonderful surprise: a brand new copy of Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul. And even more fantastic: it was signed and dedicated to us by the lovely Korky Paul! A very generous parent who works at OUP brought it in and I owe them a huge thank you.

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The story was the main attraction of storytimes in the Library this week – I didn’t have to announce the title for the children to know it was a Winnie and Wilbur story (Korky Paul’s pictures are so well-known and loved) and, when they realised it was about Santa, there were squeals of excitement!

The plot is simple: Winnie and Wilbur have done all the Christmas preparations and are just waiting for Santa to deliver their presents (because of course the pair have been very good throughout the year). However, they are awoken on Christmas Eve to the sounds of crashes and bangs as Santa gets stuck in the chimney. Winnie helps him out but, since he was waiting so long for her and Wilbur to realise he ws stuck, he can’t possibly deliver all the presents to all the children around the world. Cue Winnie and Wilbur, who volunteer to help the jolly man in red meet his target.

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This has all the usual fun of the Winnie and Wilbur books though this time Winnie gets her magic right and poor Wilbur doesn’t suffer at her inept, wand-waving hands. They do get into other difficulties though. Valerie Thomas’s gentle humour works well in creating a magical Christmas tale and Korky Paul’s illustrations are gorgeous, with a seasonal colour palette and line drawings full of movement and the chaos one associates with lovely Winnie. The children couldn’t wait to take part in the ‘Abracabras’ and wand-waving and showed great potential plot awareness when they correctly guessed Winnie’s special gift from Santa.

Read it and laugh!

Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa is published by OUP.

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2 comments

  1. We still love the Winnie and Wilbur books. So much detail in the illustrations and the stories jolly along satisfyingly. They were amongst the first books my daughter really took to and she’d always grab them eagerly in our early library trips. Fantastic stuff!

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