Can't remember when or where I bought this one but it's worth every penny I spent (hasn't helped my French though). Just brilliant illustrations for a well known story! Very seasonal as well. I will also post the black and white illustrations from this book - they are so good. I don't know much about this French illustrator (I'm ashamed to say) and he hasn't even got a mention on Wikipedia but he must have been very popular in the later part of the 20th century as a lot of his books turn up when you search on Google.
Great characters drawn from the world of business and finance. Michael ffolkes (real name Brian Davis, 1925-1988) was one of the most famous and flamboyant cartoonists of his time, working for Punch and The Daily Telegraph among others from the late 1940ies until his death. Here's a link on his biography: http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/artists/briandavis/biography
Another great children's book by Whybrow and Ayto - quirky, funny and, as always, implausible! The characters are so well designed, beautifully drawn and lovable. The craftsmanship, originality and richness in Ayto's work is unlike anything else available in the bookshops these days.
These rhyming lines are such a pleasure to read to a child - as I had to, dozens of times for my daughter. There's always something new each time you open the book that you hadn't spotted before!