I've been reading quite a few picture books recently and I think that so far You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart is my favourite, it's just gorgeous. It encourages the reader to imagine different things on each page - if you could travel anywhere, wear anything, do a particular job etc which would you choose? Beautiful bright full page illustrations keep you looking and talking with so many points of discussion that even several readings wouldn't ever stand the chance of getting boring. Great to read aloud or for solo reading and dreaming.
I must admit I haven't read any of Tom Fletcher's highly popular picture books (The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas etc) but judging by what I'd heard of their reliance on toilet humour I didn't have high hopes of enjoying this, his first longer book. I'm very happy to admit however that I was very pleasantly surprised, The Christmasaurus is a delightful, charming story, destined to become a festive classic for children. Wonderful to read such a positive portrayal of a disabled youngster , main character William is bright, loving, funny and resourceful and the relationship he has with his dad is touchingly close, even if he does embarrass him by calling him 'Willie poos'!
Shane Davies' pencil illustrations bring the dinosaur , Christmasaurus, to vivid life and they are beautifully drawn and complement the text throughput the book. One whole fabulous Christmas reading experience, can't wait to see the stage show next year - we have already purchased tickets!
This seasonal picture books illustrations have a vintage , soft focus feel that entrance the eye. The book is written in the style of the hackneyed twelve days of Christmas, but lists family enjoyments that could become traditions very easily - I loved the hot chocolate day and I'm hoping for snow to make snow angels in! A gentle book perfect for young ones to practise their counting in a fun and festive way.
As a confirmed Christmas enthusiast, festive stories are always easy entries on my to be read list and this one certainly gave me a dose of the warm and fuzzies by the end. Not just a romance, there's lots here that involves love for friends and family too. Heartbreaking at times (yes there were tears) but with a happy ending, I was gripped all through and thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Jen is newly single after spending ten years with a man who doesn't seem to have had many redeeming features. As a way of getting over the breakup she travels to Switzerland to work with her half sister and some friends. Love follows as she falls for a handsome ski instructor but he has baggage from a previous marriage - a daughter.
A quick read, packed full of snow, hot chocolate and relationships, both family and romantic. A good way to get in the festive spirit, and a warm story.
Demi is running a cafe on a cliff top and helping the owner (who she is in a beginning relationship with) to develop his holiday cottage business. When another very dishy man arrives to rent one of the cottages she is friendly towards him without guessing the hidden agenda that has prompted him to come and stay. A lovely, warm story about family relationships and a community that pulls together at a time of crisis. There are some serious, emotional themes woven in to the more frivolous love and baking , it's not all sweetness and light by any means, but there is a hard fought for happy ending. An enjoyable, festive read that was as satisfying as a big mug of hot chocolate - with marshmallows!
I don't think any reading should be considered a 'guilty' pleasure but if I have one it has to be Christmas chick lit - not too demanding but full of festive spirit! I've read a fair few this December so I'll share a few here over the next few days.
I really enjoyed this story about a small town's market struggling to survive. This book is just suffused with Christmas spirit, and it's alive with the sights, smells and sounds of a market during 'the most wonderful time of the year'. Lots of underhand dealings, family strife and romantic misunderstandings keep the story interesting and I loved every minute. Can't wait for my first mulled wine and mince pie!
During a storm a dove looking for somewhere to lay her eggs asks for and gets shelter from a small Christmas tree on a Christmas tree farm. The tree happily shelters her and her children but in doing so his trunk grows crooked and no one wants to use him in their houses. All of his friends are cut down and taken away and he spends a very lonely winter all on his own. The dove brings her family back to visit an then eventually the tree is dug up and replanted in a garden with many other trees around him. The trees are not friendly to him and look down on him but when winter comes he is the only tree that is still green and the people that live in the house decorate him with ligts and baubles. On Christmas Eve people gather round to sing around his trunk and the dove comes back and alights on the top of him. His kindess means he will be able to live for many years in the garden without being chopped down.
The paper creations that form the illustrations for this book are beautiful and very well crafted and the story is heartwarming and novel.
Young puppy Oliver isn't very happy to be left alone in the house on Christmas Eve whilst his family visit gran in hospital. The house is too dark and quiet without them, but the the pup heears a noise - thump thump thump - and bravely decides to explore and find out where the noise is coming from. Upstairs he finds presents on the bed and bravely attacks them and then he 'sees off' the snowman he can see out of the window. The noise doesn't stop so he investigates in the kitchen but all he finds is a large cold thing (turkey) on the table that he pulls down on to the floor before it can jump on him! In the lounge he has a fight with the Christmas tree but when he finally arrives in the dining room he finds......Santa who gives him a juicy bone, just before his family arrive home.
A gentle story, children would identify with the puppy's fears and the way he mistakes everyday objects as monsters. The illustrations use muted colours that portray the evening light very well and Oliver is just adorabel, dog lovers would just melt at the pictures of him.
What a fun picture book! The illustrations are charming and full of colour and the story of Santa's doubt in young Harold's existence is witty enough for adults to enjoy whilst being funny for children at the same time. Santa wants to believe in Harold - after all he is the person that makes Christmas so special - but his friends have planted the seeds of doubt in his head and he's confused now. After all when he saw Harold last Christmas and he sat on his knee as usual he looked ....different. Santa is worried that it's not really Harold writing him letters and leaving treats for him, it's Harold's parents and that isn't special at all. Santa hatches a plan to wait in Harold's living room on Christmas Eve to see if the boy really does exist.
This story would be a perfect read for children beginning to not believe in the jolly man in the red suit, the arguments Santa and Harold come up with for not believing in each other are very funny. .
My blog is a collection of thoughts and I hope you will learn something about me from the ramblings as well as finding some useful links. I'm Bev Humphrey and I'm a Literacy, School Libraries and Technology Consultant. I am self employed so views expressed are solely my own.