Thursday, 16 July 2015
Please Mr Panda. If you are looking for a present for a child of two or three or four, get it. Its guaranteed to be a hit. We've read over and again and there's laughter every time. The Matchbox Diary is a beauty. An old man shows his great grand daughter the story of his life, contained in numerous little matchboxes. An olive stone from his babyhood in Italy, a bottle cap from the journey to America - the illustrations are detailed and lush and wonderful. Its similar to The Keeping Quilt and My Fathers Journey in subject matter, but the tiny things he collected appealed to me and any children who like "mini" stuff. Crankenstein was enjoyed, but not re read a lot. I think its main draw for us was the Optimus Prime toy in the background. Especially when it was in unicorn mode!