The Winter Wish
Helen Mortimer & Rachael Dean
It seems Words of Wonder, William’s family bookshop is no longer attracting visitors. Although there are ‘squashy sofas where you [can] share a story with Rufford’ in this ‘cosy, warm and piled high with books’ bookstore, it’s in trouble.
Although there are ‘books that [take] you to faraway places, book- filled with delicious dishes’ and ‘picture books with jewel-bright pages‘ there are not enough customers. Therefore, what is to be done? It seems the ‘little shop’ might not be able to keep going ‘much longer’. In fact, it might be that Words of Wonder might ‘close by Christmas’.
There are eleven days until Christmas. Is it possible that William might save the shop?
Helen Mortimer, whom we know from the wonderful Enzo, the Swallows and Me, offers a Christmas heart warmer with The Winter Wish. What’s more, her tender hopes and dreams are presented evocatively by Rachael Dean. We love the Scandinavian black and white edged and shadowed illustrations. Then again, William’s night time journeys with Bracken are glittered with ‘a special kind of magic‘. Altogether, it suggests that The Winter Wish is a superb choice as a Christmas book to read together and cosy into, alongside being a perfect gift!