Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Belle and Boo

Belle and Boo are a sweet and innocent duo who are always together - "on sunny days, rainy days, and dreamy let's-be-lazy days."

These books by Mandy Sutcliffe are part of a whole brand centred around the little things that Belle and her bunny, Boo, get up to. I recently spotted a cute little Belle and Boo tin in the gift shop at the Devon Guild in Bovey Tracey.  And I'd seen some gorgeous prints and things for sale online the other day. And now I see there are actual stories too.

"Belle and Boo and the Birthday Surprise" is a gentle little story about the preparations for a birthday, which turns out to be a surprise for Boo himself. The sweetest thing is that after all their work and adventuring, although "Birthdays are best" in Boo's opinion, Belle reminds him that she loves him more than Birthdays themselves. Cuteness. 

The books are available in libraries and the products are all listed online, inlcuding some lovely prints.

The illustrations have a retro, verging on kitsch feel and the stories are a perfect wind-down for little girls at bed-time. Especially if they have their own Boo, or completely wonderful unique equivalent. 

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