If you’re looking for a cute little book (as a stand-alone gift or to add to an existing present), then this could provide you with some inspiration to complete your shopping expedition…
Pugs In Costumes – No Author
Although they tend to dislike being dressed up in little costumes, you have to admit that seeing a dog wearing an outfit can be quite cute. What’s even cuter is seeing a pug wearing a costume. The breed- which are best known for their wrinkly little faces and big brown eyes- have been immortalised in this gift book, wearing an assortment of outfits that will inspire giggles, ‘awws’ and the occasional ‘Oh My God!’
Separated into three sections- Puggywood: Pugs of Stage and Screen, Pugoween: Trick or Treat Pugs, and Pug Couture: Best Dressed Pugs in Town- this book features photos of the dogs dressed up, surrounded by the appropriate props, and labelled with their inspiration (in case you can’t work out who or what they’re meant to represent). Among some of the better photos are versions of Marilyn Pugroe, Elvis Pugsley, Christina Pugilera and Edward Scissorpug. Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars characters are also represented, as area variety of animals, fairy tale creatures and popular culture references. If you can get a costume of it, and you can put a pug in it, this book is likely to feature a picture of it. Fans of the dog breed will love this gift book…
The Little World Of Liz Climo – Liz Climo
If you’re not familiar with the comics of artist Liz Climo, then you’re in for a treat. Featuring cute illustrated animals, Liz uses wit and humour to guide them through everyday life. While a lot of comics nowadays can be brash or dark, Liz’s characters convey innocent yet clever ideas, and you can’t help but wonder how you never thought of them yourself before they were drawn onto the pages of this book. You will laugh out loud at the sweet silliness of some of the scenes- like the pig who looks like it has become a fancy meal but really just fell asleep while it was eating its salad, the sloth who does the old yawn and stretch with its date, the mouse and snake who are trying to play a game of Twister (made difficult for the snake who has no hands or feet), and the father bear and father fish each teaching their offspring how to navigate a fishing expedition. The illustrations in this book are cute and entertaining, and people of all ages are sure to find it a delight.
Rating: 3/5 and 4.5/5 (respectively) Published: October 2014 and September 2014 (respectively)