A classic picture book inspired by the Aardman Christmas musical animation, written by the directors of the film. A chirpy young robin is adopted by a family of mice in the joyful retelling of the new animation holiday musical special from Netflix and Aardman Animation. When her egg fortuitously rolls into a garbage dump, Robin is raised by a loving family of mice. As she grows up, her differences become more apparent. Robin sets off on the heist to end all heists to prove to her family that she can be a really good mouse – but ends up discovering who she really is. Streaming worldwide from Christmas 2021, Robin Robin is the new collaboration between Aardman, the animation studio behind Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, and Netflix who have over 209 million subscribers in 190 countries. Golden Globe® winner Gillian Anderson, (The Crown) and Oscar® nominee Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) lead the cast which also includes Bronte Carmichael (Christopher Robin) and Adeel Akhtar (Enola Holmes). Robin Robin is a warm and funny, action-packed story about learning to be yourself, and the importance of love and family over all things. It is also a heartwarming and humorous story with themes of diversity, community, inclusion and acceptance – perfect for the festive season and beyond.
Robin decides to go back on her own, but she is unable to escape the cat problem. When she finds a Magpie, he tells her about the magic of the Chrim-Cross Star that sits upon the tree. Who-mans wish upon that star and get whatever they want. Robin steals the star and brings it outside only to make her wish to be a real mouse - and not have it come true. But then, her family finds her and loves her as she is.
Robin has a new idea that will help her family, and they give it a go, filling their paws with crumbs while Robin distracts the cat from the window.
What I loved: This picture book has some important themes about blended families, embracing yourself as you are, and playing to your strengths that will resonate with young readers. The stuff around the who-mans and their Chrim-Cross Star is also very cute and sure to make children giggle. Combined with lush illustrations and an adorable lead character, this is a new fun holiday story that children will enjoy. As this is also a Netflix film, there can be some fun with revisiting the story after watching the movie.
What left me wanting more: The book moves pretty quickly, fitting the plot of the movie into the story. As it is a bit long and contains a lot of plot, I would recommend for older readers who can fill in the blanks better than the littlest ones.
Final verdict: Filled with lush and detailed illustrations as well as a cute plot, ROBIN ROBIN is a sweet holiday picture book about embracing yourself and family. Recommend for older picture book readers and anyone who enjoyed the film.