I remember when The Jolly Postman first arrived at my childhood home. I think I was already a teenager, maybe just a tween, but I loved the cleverness of it and liked taking the time to study the details.

You get to see the Postman deliver mail to many familiar childhood friends, and that’s lovely in itself. But even more fun: there are actual little letters to pull out of actual little envelopes so you can read the mail. I remember one letter from Jack, who was vacationing on a sunny island and writing the Giant, thanking him for the gold that made this little holiday possible. It’s such a treat to read, full of little surprises.

In a word the book is charming. Charming concept. Charming text. And charming illustrations.