I’ve been sat waiting to review Ollie’s Christmas Reindeer since the publisher sent it out, but just couldn’t bring myself to do so too early in the year. I’ve now seen the first house with a Christmas tree in the front window so I guess that means it’s time to properly embrace Christmas!
Ollie (who slightly confusingly, to me and Master C at least) is a little girl, that is woken from her sleep on Christmas Eve by a jingling noise. She follows the sound out into the snowy forest and is delighted to come across a lost reindeer. She climbs onto his back and together they set off on an amazing magical adventure, making it a Christmas Eve that Ollie would always remember.
Ollie’s Christmas Reindeer reminded me very much of the excitement that I had when I read the Snowman for the first time. Recapturing the excitement excitement of thinking about what magical things can happen when everyone else is asleep in their beds.
The thing that I probably find most beautiful about this book though is the style of the illustrations. The colour palette used is all shades of grey and red, which combine to give the book a very on trend, Scandi feel, whilst also making you feel that it is all happening at nighttime in the moonlight. As is so often the case, I’m totally in love with the patchwork blanket on Ollie’s bed and I also love the die cut and foil pages which just add to the magic of the story.
Ollie’s Christmas Reindeer was published by Simon and Schuster on 3 November 2016. ISBN 9780857076014, Paperback £6.99
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Ollie’s Christmas Reindeer for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links – the kids are after Hatchimals for Christmas and have you seen how difficult it is to get hold of them without re-mortgaging your house for one one eBay?