If you’ve been looking for the ideal children’s Christmas book, your wish has been answered. What Do You Wish For? is an engaging tale that looks at the values of the festive season through a child’s eyes.
Christmas time is all about family and there are few moments more cherished than curling up with the kids for a good story. This is a book all about those moments that make Christmas special, which makes it a wonderfully meta read for this time of year.
What Do You Wish For? centres around a group of children who each year decorate a tree with their wishes for Christmas. But this year Ruby does not know what to wish for. As she ponders the possibilities we are taken on a tour of all the charming traditions of the season: from baking cookies, to Dad coming home early, and late nights spent with family. This is a heart-warming tale from Jane Godwin and Anna Walker whose collaborative efforts always produce magical books.
You may recognise the delightfully soft touch of illustrator Anna Walker from her book Mr. Huff. To create the look of this book Anna used cut-out collage pieces on a block printed background. The style is reminiscent of children’s craft activities like creating Christmas decorations. The craft look matched with delicate neutral tones creates a wonderful sense of visual nostalgia. A perfect match for a story about the joys of a childhood Christmas.
Pick up a copy through Readings for $24.99 plus delivery, or check out the list of Penguin stockists for a store near you. If you love a good Santa story you’ll love our Christmas Gift Guide – brilliant festive books for kids.