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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Book Review: Winnie the Pooh: The Great Heffalump Hunt.


Winnie the Pooh: The Great Heffalump Hunt.

By Giles Andreae



Winnie the Pooh was 90 last year – 90 years of making toddlers chuckle at his name, teaching us all about the value of friendship, and encouraging the purchase of large jars of honey.

This brand-new picture book will inspire a new generation of fans, and give parents some fresh reading material with gorgeous art-work that pays homage to E. H. Shepard’s originals.  If you liked Giraffes Can’t Dance you’ll love this – it’s written by the same award-winning author, Giles Andreae (and is suitable for the same age range).  You might remember him as the creator of Purple Ronnie, the stickman on every birthday card I received as a teen, and also Edward Monkton, whose philosophies on shoes, love and life raise smiles round the globe.

It’s a retelling of the Heffalump story, focussing on the friendship between the cuddly Pooh, and the more nervous Piglet.  No spoilers here, but my kids loved it, and enjoyed the gorgeous picture.  Pooh and Piglet are still the best of friends, and they show the reader how life is better together.  It’s also easier to catch a Heffalump when there are a few of you.

Try not to go misty-eyed when nervous Piglet puts his friendship before his fears, and shouts out, “But something in his little soul / Prevented him from running, / And Piglet’s voice rose clear and strong, / “Hold on, Pooh Bear… I’M COMING!”’

I missed some of the other characters – where is Rabbit, Roo and Wol, not forgetting grumpy Eeyore?  But it was refreshing to read a non-Disney version of the story.  Here’s hoping that Giles Andreae returns to the genre and brings back some of the other animals from the 100-acre wood.

Celine Bell
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