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Entries in holidays (76)

Sunday
Oct232016

midnight creatures

Move surreptitiously through the dense jungle, a dark cave, the moonlit woodland, the deep ocean and follow the night birds in search of hidden animals in this extremely clever pop-up shadow search book by paper engineer and illustrator Helen FrielMidnight Creatures is perfect for this week leading up to Halloween, or any time you're in the mood for a mysterious look and find.  Do you spot the fork-marked lemur and long-nosed chimaera?  Grab your flashlight and look very closely, or they just might sneak past you.  Published by Laurence King.

Saturday
Oct222016

the twelve days of christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas is yet another delight from artist Britta Teckentrup.  In her latest peek-through picture book, each of the gifts from the well-loved Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” wondrously appears as the page is turned.  This is the magic of her work.  This book is for those of us who have sung the lyrics of this song since our childhood (and recall the endless practice it took to learn all the gifts, in order, and sing them in time with the music), and now for our children who are just learning the words to this nostalgic classic.  Looking forward to sharing this one with Avery and Nate.

From Doubleday Books for Young Readers.

Wednesday
Oct192016

a year full of stories

The cover of A Year Full of Stories is modern yet warm and inviting, which is a perfect fit for the collection of stories inside waiting to be read and shared.  The folk tales and legends are from all over the world and celebrate the changing of the seasons, cultural events and international festivals that take place throughout the year.  Some of September and October's stories are: Why the Evergreens Keep Their Leaves (America), The Gifts of the North Wind (Norway), The Raja and the Rice (India) and The Buried Moon (England).

This beautiful anthology is one to keep nearby to read aloud and enrich your year, as the days move forward and turn into passing months full of traditions, milestones, gatherings and convivial times with friends and family.

Written by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Christopher Corr and published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.

Tuesday
Oct182016

otto the book bear in the snow

Otto and Ernest are real life book bears that live, well, in a library book.  Nothing excites them more than to be borrowed and read by a new family.  When their book is checked out and it doesn’t look like it will be returned in time for the winter party back at the library, they take matters into their own hands and embark on a snowy journey they’ll never forget.  But do they make it back in time for the winter fête?  Something tells us there are many more adventures for the pair to come.

Otto the Book Bear in the Snow was written and illustrated by Katie Cleminson and published by Ladybird Books (Penguin UK).

Monday
Oct172016

boo la la witch spa

For a little witch who is plum exhausted from all of her endless nights of flying around, cooking and cackling, a visit to the witch spa for a spell is just the thing.  Her session includes a cup of warm bat-whisker tea, a broom bristle facial, a scarab skin scrub, an eye of newt wrap and probably best of all, a “soak in a cauldron of mold from four hundred fungi, four hundred years old.”  A dish of candy-corn flan ends her completely relaxing day on a sweet note.

This one would be great for reading aloud if you’re having a Halloween shindig this year, with a mini nail bar afterwards with glow-in-the-dark nail polish, of course.

Boo-La-La Witch Spa was written by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Isabel Roxas and published by Dial Books.