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diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Christmas with Rita and Whatsit
by Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod
Age Range: Under_5
It’s Christmas Eve and Rita and Whatsit are writing their letters to Father Christmas – Whatsit doesn't want much, only a bone, a policeman’s outfit, a big packet of biscuits and a book on ‘how to train your mistress in 12 easy lessons’, plus a hundred other things. They are decorating the tree and putting out the stockings, and nothing can possibly go wrong - until Whatsit hears a noise downstairs...
This is a lovely series of books about Rita, a rather determined, cross and bossy little girl, and Whatsit, the cheeky, playful, philosophical dog with no name.
Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod’s delightful dialogue between the two friends is accompanied by charming, minimalistic illustrations by Olivier Tallec, full of detail and wit.
The other titles in the series are - Rita and Whatsit, Rita and Whatsit at the Beach, Rita and Whatsit at School, Rita and Whatsit's New Friend and Rita and Whatsit go on a Picnic.