The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Mrs Pepperpot’s Christmas
Publisher: Red Fox
One of Prøysen’s delightful short stories, written forty years ago, and collected into books, but now newly imagined on its own, with illustrations by Hilda Offen.
Mrs Pepperpot’s shrinking habit can be very inconvenient, especially when she wants to go shopping for Christmas presents. However she uses it to her best advantage to force her husband into buying the presents she wants for the birds, and a mistletoe wreath!
These are classic stories, far beyond their Norwegian homeland, their translation (still the original) retaining the timeless magic of a folk tale. Offen’s new illustrations also retain the atmosphere of the originals, complete with Mrs Pepperpot’s striped skirt. Mrs P’s always knows how to make use of her miniscule size!