It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas – Squishy McFluff Secret Santa Pip Jones & Ella Okstad

Discovering Squish Mc Fluff by Pip Jones and Ella Okstad for the first time was a very special moment for me. It came in to the library and I opened it and was immediately enchanted by this little girl Ava and her invisible cat. I knew my daughter would adore it this beautifully rhyming tale with the most sublime and engaging illustrations and I was right! The brilliance of Squishy McFluff is that it’s perfect for  sharing with younger readers but also ideal for newly confident readers to read independently.

The stories are filled full of mischief and fun as Ava and Squishy manage to keep finding themselves in trouble. They are full of fun and laughter as we wonder what trouble this delightful duo will get themselves into next despite how hard they try to be good. I think children can identify with Ava because everyone has invisible friends who often get them into trouble which is why I feel it really captures their imaginations.  There are three books so far in this irresistible series:

Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat

Squishy McFluff: Supermarket Sweep

Squishy McFluf:f Meets Mad Nana Dot

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Having enjoyed these books with my daughter and recommended them to lot of other parents I was so excited to find out there was a Christmas special coming  ‘Secret Santa’ and was ecstatic to get my hands on a review copy. I absolutely love Christmas books and if it was up to me I would have them on display at the library now as I can’t get enough of them. ‘Secret Santa’ opens in the same way as the previous books with an introduction to Squishy:

‘Can you see him? My kitten?

His long whiskers too?

He’s the best EVER pet.

He’s a wish that came true!

Imagine him, quick!

Have you imagined enough?

Oh, good! You can see him!

It’s Squishy McFluff!’

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All of the Squishy McFluff books are illustrated by the incredibly talented Ella Okstad who brings to life Pip Jones’s beautiful stories. The illustration are full of humour and the characters are drawn with such endearing expression that you can’t help but become totally entranced  in these stories. Each of the books has a signature palette which runs throughout and in ‘Secret Santa’ we have shades of red and green which add to the festive ambiance of the book.

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It is four days before Christmas and Ava and Squishy are trying their very best to be good because they know if they’re naughty then Santa won’t come. As you turn the pages you can guess the naughtiness which is about to happen as they encounter Christmas trees with wonky stars that just NEED fixing and  leftover Christmas wrapping which invites them to wrap up everything, including Dad. But when Ava is asked to write her Christmas list she just has one thing she wishes she would come true. The ending of the story is truly magical and endearing and  as Christmassy as crackers, mince pies and reindeers! I think this would just be the most perfect Christmas story to share with any child, I know my daughter was totally enchanted by it.

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To meet Squishy McFluff follow the link below or visit Pip Jones’s website http://www.pipjones.ne

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