If you like a healthy dose of nostalgia, then Miffy books might be just the thing to introduce to your toddler or preschooler.
Child-sized hardcover books with bright primary colours and classic, simple but sweet illustrations, the Miffy books and Miffy herself (for she is most definitely a she) have definitely stood the test of time!
The first Miffy book, Miffy at the Zoo, came out in 1955 and made its way to the UK in the 60s.
I’m not suggesting you’re old enough to remember it; I certainly wasn’t around then thank you very much. However Miffy quickly became big business, and although Dutch author Dick Bruna – who made up the stories for his son – died in 2017 at the age of 89, his cult character very much lives on.
The books had a revamp in 2014 when they were newly translated from the original Dutch by award-winning poet Tony Mitton to give them a more contemporary feel, but in keeping with the original books.
We were sent three of these books for review; Miffy’s Birthday, Miffy’s Bicycle and Queen Miffy.
Miffy’s Birthday was released in 1970.
Quick piece of Miffy trivia here – it was in this book that it was decided once and for all that Miffy was a girl.
In Miffy’s birthday, she gets some presents from her parents (some scissors, pencils and a whistle; not an iPad in sight!), has some friends who come over to see her and then her grandparents visit her with a special surprise.
It would be a lovely little gift for a small child on their own birthday, and it was my children’s favourite book of the three.
Miffy’s Bicycle was released in the early 80s.
It’s actually a year older than me. Vintage, if you will.
In it, she imagines going for a bike ride when she’s ‘a bigger bun’ to visit her Auntie Alice.
If you didn’t already know, you’d realise it was a vintage story when you got to the bit about feeding bread to the ducks; we all know that’s totally against the rules these days!
Queen Miffy came out much later, in 2006.
Queen Miffy is about a dream Miffy has where she is the queen!
We’ve all had that dream.
What did we think of the Miffy books?
All of the books have simple, appealing illustrations. It’s quite clever how Dick Bruna was able to convey emotions on a rabbit with just two eyes and a cross for a mouth!
The stories are short and easy to follow with simple rhymes; perfect for a quick bed time story for a toddler or preschooler.
If I had to describe the Miffy books in one word, it would be ‘sweet‘.
Although to me as an adult, the rhyming can feel clunky in some places, this is as a result of its translation from the original Dutch and by all accounts a good job has been done; the children didn’t notice and they really liked the Miffy stories.
The Miffy books have an RRP of £4.99 each and more information can be found from the Miffy shop. They would make a brilliant Easter gift!
We received these books free of charge for the purposes of this review but words and pictures are my own.