So, after starting our Book Advent, I kept remembering, hearing about or seeing even more books I’d either forgotten or not heard of and adding to the pile! I have no doubt there’s still more I’ll think of too! So I’m addition to what we started with last week:
We now also have:
I think I need a bigger sideboard! A couple of the new ones were prizes and I was really excited to win board book copies of both Kipper’s Snowy Day and Ten Little Elves – although we had both as picture books, these will last us much longer and be much better for Peapod to look at himself!
This week, we’ve read:
That’s Not My Reindeer – Peapod loves the touchy feely bits in these books!
A lot of Shirley Hughes!
‘Alfie’s Christmas’ and ‘Lucy and Tom at Christmas’
Daddy picked both of these,and after his initial coolness towards Shirley Hughes’ books, I’m beginning to think he’s being won over! Though he’d never admit it!
Both are charming and relatable depictions of traditional Christmas celebrations, full of warmth, an observant humour and details which capture the moment perfectly.
Snow in the Garden – you can read a full review of this here. We just read the poems from it this week – wonderfully wintry!
‘Supertato: Evil Pea Rules’ – Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
I’m a big Supertato fan and, judging by the way he leaned himself over to look, so is ‘Peapod’!
Evil Pea is one of the best (worst?!) villains around and I love how dastardly he is. Bright, bold and laugh out loud funny and with some puns my dad would love! This series manages to be both brilliantly silly and brilliantly clever at the same time, and this is an excellent seasonal escapade from the veggie crew!
‘Father Christmas Needs a Wee’ – Nicholas Allan
I had hazy memories of how much a previous class had laughed at this years and years ago, but remembered very little of the story.
As it turns out, I had issues with some of the rhyme, but I thought it was great as a counting book and will definitely have very young readers in stitches as Father Christmas becomes more and more desperate for a wee!
One Snowy Night – Nick Butterworth
Ok, like a couple of last week’s, this isn’t strictly a Christmas book, but it’s one I love to read at this time of year. It never fails to make me smile. Percy the Park Keeper is a favourite anyway, but this book in particular is an absolute must-read for winter – cosy, atmospheric and humorous, it’ll have you wishing to be snuggled up in bed while the snow falls outside!
Humphrey’s Christmas – Sally Hunter
I wrote about how much I like the Humphrey books here and Christmas with Humphrey and family is as full of warmth as you could hope for. Perfect for younger readers, this simply told story depicts a wonderful family Christmas, not least through its lovely illustrations.
Emily Brown and Father Christmas – Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton
This was a brand new one to me – it had been recommended or reviewed or mentioned on twitter (I’m so sorry, I forget who by!) and caught my eye. Then, as luck would have it, we won a copy from Hachette!
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! It’s jumped straight into my favourites and I look forward to reading more about Emily Brown.
Do you have any favourite Christmas books? Have you read any of the ones we’ve read this week?