The Twelve Days of Christmas – William Morris and Liz Catchpole
|The Twelve Days of Christmas - William Morris & Liz Catchpole|
The harbacked cover is a tactile pleasure, smooth to touch but still lightly textured. I ran my fingers lightly over it many times before I opened it. The pages, too, are a heavy and easy pleasure to turn, though long may you linger on them.
Palette wise, it retains the celebratory reds and golds we associate with Christmas, but favours a blue instead of green, suggesting, to me, a slight departure from typical commercialism (for a gift book).
The book uses twelve William Morris designs with additional illustrations by Liz Catchpole. The arts and crafts style of Morris mean that the pages are always busy and include repeated elements – wonderful for curious eyes. The text, however, is the simple lines of one of my favourite Christmas songs, 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', with its fun and tongue-tying repetitions.
A different sort of Christmas book that is great for counting games and a good old sing-along, and features a diverse representation of people on its pages.
Publication details: Puffin/V&A, November 2016, London, hardback
This copy: review copy from the publisher