…I received these Christmas books to review and then got so snowed under (geddit?!) with all things Christmas and baby that time ran away with me and I didn’t manage it.
So, I know… I know…not much use now, but maybe some of you are ridiculously organised and want to go and buy next year’s books already! And I have scheduled it to repost in the lead up to next Christmas, so then it WILL be useful (I hope!) and I have a head start on 2019’s blog posts – winning all round!
First there were a few books I was sent that I did actually manage to review before Christmas arrived rather quicker than anticipated:
Emily Brown and Father Christmas by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton
This was a brand new one to me. It was great and I loved the writing style. A thoroughly modern story, with hugely appealing, lively illustrations reminiscent of Lauren Child’s collage-y, textured appearance, and a very traditional twist. It takes all the magic of Christmas and delivers it by the sleigh load!
Originally reviewed here. Thanks to Hachette Kids for sending me a copy.
Kipper’s Snowy Day by Mick Inkpen
I love Kipper and have really enjoyed reading this to ‘Peapod’ during our book advent this year (along with Kipper’s Christmas Eve).
OK, it’s not strictly Christmassy but everyone knows snowy books and Christmas books go hand in hand!
A classic character in a story so full of snowy fun you can’t help but smile – makes you want to go and play in the snow
Originally reviewed here. Thanks again to Hachette Kids.
Snow in the Garden: A First Book of Christmas
This is a beautiful book, and will make a wonderful addition to a Christmas collection. The combination of activities and stories/poems/illustrations make it ideal for dipping into throughout the season and, while there’s a wonderful sense of nostalgia and old fashioned charm, there’s also plenty for new, young readers to love and relate to – playing in the snow, going for wintry walks and acting in the school nativity – and the activities are timeless: Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without paper decorations, homemade cards and gingerbread!
A cosy, nostalgic hug of a book and an absolute delight – it’s one we’ll be getting out year after year.
Originally reviewed here. Thanks to Walker Books.
Little Robin Red Vest by Jan Fearnley
This is the 20th anniversary of this book, but it’s not one I’d previously heard of, so I’m extra glad to have been given this as it’s definitely one we’ll be reading in our book advent each year!
It’s a lovely, heart-warming story that manages to convey the message of Christmas spirit and kindness without feeling didactic or sickly sweet (no mean feat – I’m a particularly harsh critic of books with a moral or message!)
Robin is utterly loveable and I loved the illustrations too which felt light and bright, with a touch of humour in the details.
Thank you to Nosy Crow for my copy.
Winnie the Pooh: The Long Winter’s Sleep by Jane Riordan
Drawing on the original stories and illustrations from The Hundred Acre Wood, this is a lovely introduction to the world of Winnie the Pooh and fans of the original (like me!) won’t be disappointed.
The story itself is a warming winter tale full of friendship and it captures both the season and the characters well.
Thank you to Egmont for my copy.
Ten Little Elves by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty
I’ve reviewed books on this Ten Little series before – they never disappoint and this festive outing is no exception!
Combining counting, Christmas and catastrophe, it’s as bold as they come – positively leaping off the page and demands a lively telling full of sound effects, actions and energy.
Thanks again to Hachette Kids for our copy – thrilled to have a board book version of it that ‘Peapod’ can handle (and inevitably chew!)
The Night Before The Night Before Christmas by Kes Gray and Claire Powell
We loved this – it really made us laugh and it has definitely earned a firm 23rd December spot in our annual book advent!
It retains a feel of its inspiration, Clement C Moore’s The Night Before Christmas, and is just as full of the building excitement the days before Christmas bring, but is a much more modern tale, taking Christmas preparation and tradition and depicting them with a huge dollop of humour that will be enjoyed by both children and parents.
Father Christmas is frantically trying to get through his last minute jobs in readiness for the big night and the story bounds along in a pace to match. The illustrations are busy, warm and detailed too – again, perfectly festive and funny. And the ending…well, I won’t spoil it, but…it’s guaranteed to raise a smile!
Thanks to Hachette Kids for my copy.