Norman Thelwell was born in Birkenhead on 3 May 1923. His love of the countryside was fostered by childhood visits to a North Wales farm and was strengthened throughout his life. His first cartoon for Punch was published in 1952 and this relationship lasted for 25 years and over 1,500 cartoons. The first pony cartoon was published in 1953 and, by accident, led to a lifetime of association with the image of the little girl and the fat hairy pony. As Norman said in his autobiography: 'I was a sort of unofficial country cartoonist, doing funny drawings that involved birds, cattle, pigs and poultry. His 34 books have sold over 2 million copies in the UK. This Christmas version shows the cheeky chubby pony making off with Santa's sleigh! As with all Gibsons jigsaws, the beautifully illustrated pieces are made from the highest quality 100% recycled board and is therefore a pleasure to work with again and again.