Margaret Atwood(Bloomsbury)

Two children live way up in a tree and seem very happy there, until two beavers decide to help themselves to their ladder and use it as a snack.
So the children are stuck – what will they do for cups of tea and pancakes? Will they be stuck in their horrible tree for ever? Thankfully a new friend comes to their rescue and the children find a way to make sure they are not stuck again.

This is a lovely story about children’s freedom and imagination. The rhyming text is simple, but very funny, and the story rather peculiar in a quaint kind of way. This is very much in the same realms as Dr Seuss, and the illustrations undoubtedly support that.
This book was first written in 1978; due to restrictions in printing at the time, only 2 colours – red and blue (and brown, which is combination of the two) –  were used to save money. The hand-lettering was also a money-saving exercise, but in fact gives the book a lovely old-fashioned, retro style.

It’s a great book to read-aloud, and although it certainly is not the most beautiful book you’ll ever see, I think it still has a lot of charm and should not be seen as one for the Atwood fans only.

This new paperback edition features an exclusive CD recording of the book read by Margaret Atwood herself.