"Belle & Boo and the Birthday Surprise" - Mandy Sutcliffe

posted Apr 6, 2016, 1:37 PM by Amie Ridley
Belle & Boo is a very nostalgic feeling series, so it is not suprising that it really appeals to me.  

However I didn't actually come across Belle & Boo as childrens' books first.  I came across them in the craft section, where I have been known to spend a great deal of time browsing, both in the library, and online...  The Belle & Boo book of crafts is really quite beautiful, and full of wonderful pictures of magical spaces created through crafts, for the more experienced crafter.  If you are a confident sewing person, you could have a truly wonderful time making things from this book - and the follow up, "Belle & Boo - S is for Sewing".

But onto the actual stories...

The stories have a very nostalgic feel to them, and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Mandy Sutcliffe read a lot of Winnie-the-Pooh and Milly-Molly-Mandy as a child.  So this kind of familiarity is very comforting to me as an adult.  This kind of gentle imaginative story seems to be such a bygone era thing, and yet they are really lovely to read to children.  

And Miss 2 just loves them.  She loves cuddly Boo the rabbit; the fun that Belle & Boo have together is just the kind of thing she loves too:  birthday balloons, imaginative cooking, tea parties in tree houses.  It's all a lovely magical world that she wants to inhabit.  And I think they are the best kinds of books - ones that you want to live in.  Isn't that why we read as adults?