Peapod’s Book Advent Days 13, 14 and 15.

You can find out more about our Christmas Book Advent here.

I’ve got a bit behind with posting, so it’s three days at once today!

On Friday, we read

Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr

I love this one. Poor Mog is entirely befuddled by the whole Christmas thing (and quite frankly who hasn’t felt like that at one point or another?!)

There’s humour and the chimney scene is of course superb, and like with the Alfie books, I like the everyday-ness of Mog.

Peapod enjoyed it too – he had a good look at the cover before listening while he has his milk and dozed off!

On Saturday, we read

Kipper’s Christmas Eve by Mick Inkpen

Peapod loves his Kipper books at the moment – mostly because he has one that’s a box you can open and tuck a toy Kipper up to sleep in, so our poor Kipper gets put down to sleep and woken up a gazillion times a day (a bit like someone else around here!)

Anyway, I digress! Peapod is really into Kipper and was excited to see him in a new book (OK, we got it last year but he doesn’t remember that!) He really enjoyed pointing at things in the pictures for us to name.

I really like the Kipper books too so I’m pleased to see him enjoying them!

And last night we ended up reading two Christmas books! First was

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Christmas Eve by Eric Carle

A lovely lift-the-flap book with dog, cat and mouse hiding in the house and a special visitor at the end! With simple rhyming text, lots of clues for who might be coming and a caterpillar on every page, this will be one I think we’ll go back to a lot over Christmas.

and, since that was short we followed it with another short one –

Humphrey’s Christmas by Sally Hunter

There are elements of these books I’m not bad on – it’s a very gender stereotyped, ‘traditional’ family set up (if they weren’t elephants I’d get on them being white) and, while it’s only a small mention of Baby Jesus and the rest, I’m not mad on books that bring in the religious side of things (yes, I know technically it’s a religious holiday, but that was stolen from the pagans and appropriated and it’s as secular as it is religious these days so I don’t see a problem with celebrating it in a non-religious way as we do).

That said, this is a heartfelt and tender look at a family Christmastime, simply told with really sweet, warm illustrations that Peapod liked looking at and pointing to, so I can get past my minor irritations!

Just ten days to go now! Going to have to make some final book advent choices!


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