Remember Miffy? The white rabbit from Utrecht, near Amsterdam, embarked on a mass of adventures in 1955 thanks to illustrator, graphic designer and writer Dick Bruna. And now, prompted by her UK publisher Simon and Schuster, she’s setting out again, ready to enthrall a brand new generation.
How could they resist? I’m not sure I can. From Miffy At The Gallery (pictured below) to Miffy At The Zoo, this is one curious and cultural bunny. With her 60th anniversary on the horizon, award-winning poet Tony Mitton has produced updated text modern readers will enjoy. The new books promise to interest children in a wide range of activities, while pleasing adults too.
In case you were wondering, that’s Tony pictured at the top of this post, shaking hands with his new muse – Tony’s the one on the left 🙂
To celebrate, Waterstones is running a competition to win a weekend in Amsterdam for a family of four. The prize includes a day trip to Miffy’s home town of Utrecht to find out more about Dick Bruna, the Dutch artist who invented the fluffy adventurer to entertain his young son while on a rainy seaside holiday. He ended up writing and illustrating 32 books about the perky rabbit.
The competition runs throughout August and is open to Waterstones loyalty card members only (you can sign up for a loyalty card in any Waterstones branch or online at www.waterstonescard.com).
The winning entry will receive flights from a UK airport for a family of four, two nights in a hotel in Amsterdam, plus rail tickets to Utrecht and free entry to the Dick Bruna exhibition.
Find the full competition details here. I think it sounds well worth entering – and a great excuse to jump back into the colourful world of Miffy.
Hop by next week to read my review of the latest Miffy titles to hit the shelves.