On the First day of Christmas… | Twelve Days of Christmas | A Review

I can’t quite believe it’s December! I know it’s the 2nd already, but my first blog post of the month is all about the Twelve days of Christmas.

I was lucky enough to receive the new edition of the Twelve days of Christmas from Penguin and after flipping (and singing) through the story, below is my review.

This is a gorgeous version of the book. With added illustrations done Liz Catchpole, William Morris’ Twelve days of Christmas is given a full face lift for this years Christmas. Published November of this year, with a fabric cover of William Morris’ original artwork, and don’t get me started on the end papers.

The V&A’s Twelve Days of Christmas is a stunning book filled with hand-picked patterns from the V&A’s collections. Featuring art work by William Morris and Charles Voysey.

A bit about the author and creator:

William Morris(1834-1896) was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. His literary contributions helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, while he played a significant role in propagating the early socialist movement in Britain.

This is the kinda book that you can spend all day just staring at. It’s another coffee table book, which is sure to start conversations this Christmas, just leave it on a table, coffee table, wherever, and it’s bound to cause some people to just stop and stare. Having shown it to various family members, I can tell you that this is true.

This is another book that will get you in the christmassy mood. And if you don’t know the twelve days of Christmas (seriously, why?) then check it out on YouTube. And whilst you’re there, check this version out too, bound to have you in hysterics!


Back to the review, a wonderfully designed book that will become a firm favourite year after year. Read it out loud to your family, kids or even friends, make a game out of it maybe? Can we even remember what order 9-12 is? Or is it just me?

A great book for the run up to Christmas! Highly recommend!


One comment

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