The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 23rd is Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’.
Anyone who’s read the Ahlbergs’ first Jolly Postman book will be even more delighted with this festive version. In it, the titular hero sets off on his bike once more to deliver cards and presents to familiar characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes.
Baby bear gets a card from Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood gets a board game from a certain wolf (now reformed), Humpty Dumpty gets a jigsaw, the Gingerbread Man gets a tiny comic book, and the postman gets a little something from Santa, too.
What makes this book so thrilling is that the reader can open all the ‘envelopes’ themselves to peruse the letters and play with the games. It’s quite possibly my favourite Christmas picture book of all time – and I also thought it would serve as a timely reminder that today is your absolute last chance to get those last-minute cards and presents in the post in time for the big day.
Check back tomorrow to see which book is lurking behind the final ‘calendar door’ for Christmas Eve and catch up on my previous recommendations here
Rebecca Davies is a journalist and children’s author. She is currently working on a Young Adult fantasy novel set in Hackney. You can follow her on Twitter as @TheStoryMonsterTagged in: Allan Ahlberg, children's literature, christmas books, christmas children's books, Janet Ahlberg, The Jolly Christmas Postman
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