All I saw on the cover of this was Inkpen, and associating that as I do with Mick, I was very happy to add it to the library haul. But in this one he’s not actually the illustrator, that’s Chloe, and the style is very different. Not better or worse, just different. There’s more in the pictures somehow, which is good when you’ve got a little girl pouring over every little detail. I was required to read Zoe and Bean’s: Zoe’s Christmas List
through twice, and then Smallest carted it off to a corner to read it to herself as well. I’d say that’s a hit, wouldn’t you?
Personally, I found it a little confusing. Some books it’s obvious that it’s made up – the child in it is playing. In this one it’s not so obvious – are we supposed to believe that they really went to the north pole (which is stripey)? Not a huge problem in the grand scheme of things, but I’d quite like to know where the blurry lines are in my children’s fiction if you know what I mean. (I’m not making any sense at all here am I?)
Apparently there are a series of Zoe and Beans books, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for them, as Smallest is definitely a fan.
It’s got: a girl and her dog
It’s not: good advice on how to survive a snow blizzard.