We're still playing catchup a bit after a summer of laziness and not a lot of book news. But we did spot one article that once again had us inwardly groaning.
As much as we've loved the BBC Christmas tradition in recent years of adapting and animating children's books, it's become a bit of a bust when we see the same Author / Artist 'getting the gig'.
Yep, this year the 'gig' in question once again goes to Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler with a book that barely met with a 'meh' from C way way back in the infancy of our blog, when we still assigned number ratings to books we reviewed. It was a 2 out of 5. Not horrible or terrible, but by no means a book that stuck in the memory (in fact, and shout me down on this point if you do love it, I very rarely see it being discussed at all amongst picture book fanatics we follow / follow us on Twitter).
So why scrape the barrel when there are far better children's picture books out there to adapt? Hell, when there are far better CHRISTMASSY children's picture books out there that would be equally glorious in animated form to gaze at while tucking into your tiny little tin of Quality Street.
So let's gather together ten of the best - and cross our fingers next year that we don't end up with yet another animated christmas turkey from Auntie Beeb.
James Mayhew's glorious "Katie" series is never better than when Katie and her cousin Jack take a trip to London to help out Santa.
The poor old fellah has a thoroughly rotten cold, so he's going to need some help to deliver all the presents to children - so it's up to Katie and Jack to help save christmas for everyone.
In picture book form it's a slice of magic, and as an animated movie it practically BEGS to be recreated in that same fabulous flowing form that James' illustrations all have.
It'd be a christmas dream!
2) "This Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown" by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton.
The story of Emily Brown and her beloved Rabbit Stanley is just utterly timeless, and a book we've read (and indeed reviewed) again and again on the blog as the plucky kid adventurer resists the pleas from a rather naughty little queen to give up her favourite toy for all manner of (not very tempting) alternatives. Until of course the wicked queen resorts to nefarious means, and steals Stanley away!
If you've never encountered these books but are familiar with Cressida's "How to Train your Dragon" series, you'll know you're in for top-flight writing, and brilliant wibbly illustrations from Neal just add to the huge appeal of these books.
3) "The Storm Whale" by Benji Davies.
The story of little Noi and his encounter with a poor baby whale who ends up beached on Noi's island is just utterly sublime and atmospheric.
We could also imagine "The Storm Whale in Winter" being a shoe-in for fitting the right wintry festive atmosphere for a christmas TV classic too. With such a strong visual look and a delightfully simple but utterly engrossing story, this would be an utterly brilliant choice.
4) "The Pirates Next Door" by Jonny Duddle.
A timely and important tale for kids about tolerance as well as how utterly brilliant a life on the ocean wave as a scurvy pirate would be, it would be a brilliant slice of Christmas fun.
You could even get the man himself to narrate his own story - he did such a great job on the audio versions of these.
5) "The Bear and the Piano" by David Litchfield.
The story of a bear who discovers his love for music quite by accident, then becomes a huge globetrotting star - but never forgets his humble roots - ticks all the right boxes for being visually stunning, with a nice little moral but also a really fab little story.
We've loved David Litchfield's books and think it would actually be quite a challenge to adapt his stunning illustrations to capture that glowy rim-lit and atmospheric look and feel, but we'd love to see someone try. It could be truly magical.
6) "The Little Red Wolf" by Amelie Flechais.
Imagining those amazing illustrations adapted either into a traditional 2D animation - or perhaps in the right hands a truly amazing 3D animated classic just makes us daydream happy daydreams.
It's a timeless tale of a little wolf finding an adventure in a world where the wolf and 'little girl' roles are subtly and neatly switched.
We love this book a lot and if you've yet to encounter it, we strongly suggest grabbing a copy.
7) Heapy and Heap's awesome "Very Little" series.
"Very Little Cinderella / Sleeping Beauty / Rapunzel" could all be adapted so easily into brilliant animations, retaining Sue Heap's fab watercolours into a flowing moving version.
We're waiting in anticipation for the next book but in the meantime we would dearly love to see at least one of these turned into a mini movie to enjoy with the family.
We're trying to think who'd make the best voice talent for this but C said she's more than up for the gig if it comes up!
8) Pretty much ANY Anthony Browne book.
Anthony Browne's books are always such a stunning treat, tinged with just the right sort of dark atmosphere we love to see in children's stories. A certain edginess but always with a subtle moral tucked neatly into a story that feels like it could leap out of the pages at any second, and completely engulf you.
Stuff like "The Tunnel" would probably be too dark for a cosy Christmas classic, but any of the "Willy" books would be ace, as would "Hide and Seek" - and if the animators could somehow reproduce that neat trick of hiding things in the backgrounds for kids to spot, these could be amazing adapted for screen.
9) "When it Snows" by Richard Collingridge.
Again I remember the early book trailers for this book being beautifully animated and adapted - so it's very easy to imagine this glorious dash through the snow as a mini animated movie.
The tale of a boy's magical adventure through a snowbound landscape just oozes style and warmth despite its icy setting.
It's always at the top of our reading pile when we hunt out our Christmas Books for a re-read as December arrives so it'd be a brilliant choice.
10) "Black Dog" by Levi Pinfold.
"Black Dog" isn't just in our top ten children's picture books of all time (somewhere near the top too, we might add, if we were ever foolish enough to try and compile such a list), it's another book we've recommended again and again to folk who want something more than twee and comfy little stories, but want something that's a fantastic story, is utterly visually perfect, and can be returned to again and again for kids of practically any age.
The story of a huge menacing black dog, and the tiny child who bravely stands up to the big shaggy bully to protect his family has so many neat twists, so many visual treats and would be a truly glorious choice.
So that rounds off our ten children's picture books that would be amazing choices to adapt to the small screen. Make it so, TV execs, you know it makes sense!