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!
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.