Cool Books Everyone Should Read!
  • December 2, 2015
  • Zac Ghaffar Co-founder, The Inside Edit

    In our new COOL BOOKS series we share a couple of our favourite reads with you on a weekly basis, from classics such as Raymond Briggs’ Snowman to Taschen’s stunning tribute to boxer Muhammed Ali with Greatest Of All Time.

    Just in time for Christmas, here are a couple of kids classics.


    A beautiful and heart warming story we can take pleasure acknowledging and recalling fondly from our own childhood!

    The Snowman is the tale of a boy who builds a snowman one winter’s day. That night, at the stroke of twelve, the snowman comes to life.

    Narrated entirely through pictures with dream like illustrations, it captures the innocence and wonder of childhood.

    The original Oscar-nominated Snowman, famed for the scene of the boy and his snowman taking flight to the swelling choral ballad “Walking In The Air”, has been screened every Christmas by Channel 4 since 1982.

    “The idea was clean, nice and silent. I don’t have happy endings,” author Briggs told the Christmas edition of Radio Times. “I create what seems natural and inevitable.




    Dr. Seuss subtly exposes the darker side of Chritmas with our protaganist’s greed and commercialism, however the values of love and community come shrining through with wit, humor, and flawlessly constructed rhymes.

    Kids love hating the mean, funny villain and cheering his reformation.

    A lovley story to tell you children and a great book to pass down through generations. It is also a great way of learing about gifting and the importance of it being more than just about the presents.

    What’s in your treasure trove of Cool Reads?




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