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The Jolly Christmas Postman is far from second class. He is your special delivery worth waiting in for time and time again.,
This review is from: The Jolly Christmas Postman (The Jolly Postman) (Hardcover)
The Ahlberg duo is the perfect parcel.
The writing and the illustrations are integrated perfectly so each balances the other, placing no doubt in the worthiness of having the distinguished Kate Greenaway medal tacked next to their names.
Children and adults are invited to join this loveable postman on what can only be seen as one of his most important rounds of the year- Christmas time. The anticipation, excitement and magic of this season are all captured within this book.
Along the way we meet classic children's characters from popular fairytales and nursery rhymes. Where we have invited this book into our own private and intimate settings, the reader is rewarded. We too are privileged to observe first hand what the Four Bears would receive in the post from Goldilocks, (as expected not a thank you card for the bear's hospitality,) to seeing that no character is too minor and that there even can be post for the diminutive Gingerbread Boy.
Each character met on this dynamic journey, is personalised and strongly established through clear verse and can easily be recited by any child.
From the point of view of any aspiring writer, there is so much that can be taken and used for personal development. What can be seen as the initial attraction of this children's story is the innovative `craftsmanship' that is evident from just reading the title. Writing a story about a postman, a figure that is unnoticeably present within every child's life and shaping him into a warming and personal character is unique. However, working alongside this with the notion of no matter what age you are, there is a spark of delight when you receive a handwritten envelope in the post. This simplistic idea, which creates escapism from the moment you read the first verse and is written as though being seen straight from a child's point of view, is enviable for any writer.
The tone of the book is so strongly evident; it's light hearted, warming, friendly and comforting. The clarity of the voice, that lacks any edge of a patronising tone that can be evident within some children's books, also combines gentle humour picked upon by adults. Allan Ahlberg has a clear sense of who all his readers are and what they take pleasure in.
The Jolly Christmas Postman encapsulates everything worthy of a timeless, interactive and first class children's book, which every new and old writer strives to be. For years to come not only will children associate this as a magical and integral part of their childhood but adults too will have a keepsake of their own nostalgic memories.
Read this book alone, read it in company, read it quietly, read it out loud but what you must do is read an Ahlberg book and immerse yourself in a work of magic.