Roger Duvoisin, the Swiss born American writer and illustrator has great form when it comes to Christmas – with titles like White Snow, Bright Snow and the Santa revenge fantasy One Thousand Beards (‘Am I angry! . . . I’ll put an end to those false Santas! There is only one Santa Claus, and that’s me!’)
Petunia’s Christmas is the third story about the not-as-smart-as-she-thinks-she-is goose. Having already persuaded the other animals to eat fireworks and taken a tour of the local predators she is up for her greatest challenge yet – getting the gander.
Unfortunately, the object of her affection is being fattened for Christmas, so Petunia hatches a plan.
Which doesn’t go quite as planned, so she turns to begging, before discovering a secret talent for Christmas decorations.
Petunia’s Christmas ends with a party. A barn full of animals dancing to a wind up record player. There’s bubble pipe smoking, pigs downing flagons of cider, even the farmer and his wife join in. It’s the gayest celebration I’ve witnessed in many a long year.