When I was little, I remember so clearly leafing through the Miffy books at our local library and being so drawn to their bright colours and cute designs. I even remember taking them home and tracing over the pictures myself with thin paper and a pencil, so I could have my own Miffy drawings to keep.
Fast forward 30 years, and you can still find the same collection of stories in bookshops and libraries across the world. Miffy, created in Holland by Dick Bruna in 1955, is celebrating 60 years this year and although some of the words have had a modern makeover, the minimalist style of this bright bunny has remained the same.
The collection of 32 books have been translated into more than 50 languages – not bad for a rabbit created by a young father to entertain his son on a summer holiday.
I was thrilled to be asked to review some of the Miffy books as I knew I’d love reading them to my children. Florence now asks for Miffy most bedtimes, and has even slept holding the stories a couple of times. She has a special love for Miffy Goes Flying, and always chooses that one over the rest. I just love the simplicity of the stories and the images, and the bright colours which pop off the page.
We were also sent a Miffy toy which has pride of place in my daughter’s room – she even actually calls her Miffy rather than the standard ‘Peter Rabbit’, which every other rabbit toy is named! We spent a bit of time trying on these Miffy bunny ears too, which resulted in some really funny photos which make my kids look like the best behaved bunch in history! I think I clicked my camera at just the right moment to be honest, a very rare thing!
One day I’d love to visit Utrecht, Dick Bruna’s hometown, to go to the Miffy museum at the writer’s former home. It would be full immersion in Miffy heaven.
Did you read Miffy when you were young – and do your kids like her now? I’d love to know.
I was sent some Miffy books and a toy to review, in honour of Miffy’s 60th birthday year. All opinions, however, are my own.