"In the gardens of North London a group of animals put aside their differences in order to discover the magic of Christmas."
The wildlife of Crouch End in North London have their own busy lives. When heavy rain one winter leads Marvin Mole and his family to dig new accommodation next door to Rufus the dapper, waistcoat wearing Fox, they strike up an unlikely alliance as Marvin Mole & Sons helps Rufus to fix his waterlogged home. While the building work is underway Rufus shares his fascination with the human’s Christmas celebrations and the local animals all call a truce so that they can come together and experience the holiday for themselves. With teamwork and a little bit of Fairy magic all the different animals, from frogs to magpies, come together to enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Then the true magic of Christmas is revealed and changes Rufus forever.
The Tale Of The Animals' Christmas In Crouch End by Lance Lee is a sweet illustrated Christmas story. The focus on urban wildlife gives the book both a natural wind in the willows feel while also being something that all children would be able to picture happening at the bottom of their garden. The illustrations by Meilo So are lovely, colourful and a variety of sizes, interspersed within the text and on their own pages to help with telling the story. I think that this would be a great festive read for young readers who love animals, it’s filled with the joys of Christmas as well as key messages about teamwork, community and friendship. Perfect for the festive season.