Hello everyone, Maggie the guinea pig here again to share what I’ve been reading with my mum, Llinos. Regulars will know that I appreciate any carrot you may have in exchange for my honest review…*munch munch*
OK, back to the books. The first one I have for you today is The Story of Beatrix Potter by Sarah Gristwood. This is a gorgeous book which appealed to my mum for a few reasons; 1) the beautiful design, illustration and photos, 2) her love of the famous Beatrix Potter stories, 3) Sarah Gristwood is a Tudor historian and as a Tudor geek, Mum was keen to read what she had to say about Beatrix.
Beatrix really comes to life through the pages of this book. You can feel her love for nature, animals and conservation. Although she was by all accounts quite reserved, there’s a strength in her which is demonstrated through her determination to live life her way. She may be mainly associated with the Lake District, but it was interesting to learn that she spent a great portion of her life in London, in a house she loathed, with difficult parents. These experiences shaped her later decisions.
If you ever enjoyed a Beatrix Potter story as a child, adult (or of course, guinea pig) then I really recommend this book as a lovely way to while away an hour over a cup of tea.
The second book is Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner. Although it’s a children’s book, Mum couldn’t resist picking it up as it’s all about a magical mystery, and the wry writing style made her smile and drew her in.
Emily is adopted as a baby by the horrible Dashwoods, and as soon as she can hold a mop she becomes a servant rather than a daughter. Her life changes when she meets Miss String and Fidget the Talking Cat, and she inherits a magical shop. As Emily heads off on an adventure with Fidget in order to defeat a bad witch, you can’t fail to fall in love with this whimsical, heartwarming story.
Don’t these books sound charming?
PS – Mum has changed her Goodreads 2017 challenge from 55 books to 70 books as she’s close to reaching the first target!