Review: A Year In Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem

14 12 2010

Initial thoughts: When I opened the parcel containing this book it was like traveling back in time to my childhood. I don’t remember the stories I used to read by the illustrations are still as enchanting, detailed and interesting as they ever were. We dived straight in that night with the first story.

We liked: The stories are charming and the characters interesting but for me the illustrations make the books. As Piran gets older there is so much to look at and discuss that I think these books will be a favourite for a long time.

We didn’t like: Very little! The only thing I found was that the first story in the set, Spring story seemed a little disjointed but it was introducing all of the different characters and I didn’t get the same feeling of any of the other three stories.


Overall: A great set of books that will give us lots of use I am sure. The stories are magical, the snow ball is beautiful and the descriptions of Summer weddings made me long for warm Summer nights! It comes in a box set which would make it an ideal gift for someone. The RRP is £12.99 but I have seen it on Amazon with a good discount.

Further information:
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Brambly Hedge with this exquisite slipcase in a delightful new livery containing the first four classic picture books – perfect for the nostalgia market.

The mice of Brambly Hedge have many adventures but they always have time for fun too. All through the year, they mark the seasons with feasts and festivities and, of course, the mice never miss an opportunity to meet and celebrate.

This beautifully designed slipcase contains four classic stories following their adventures throughout the year.

In Winter Story a heavy snowfall means the mice can hold a Snow Ball for the first time in years. In Autumn Story Primrose makes friends with the harvest mice before losing her way in the chestnut woods. Wilfred gets a birthday surprise in Spring Story, when all the mice club together to organise a fantastic picnic for him; and in Summer Story, Poppy Eyebright and Dusty Dogwood get engaged and a wonderful wedding is planned by all the mice of Brambly Hedge.

Disclosure: We were provided with a set of these books for the purpose of this review.

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