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Entries in holidays (77)


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.


the day santa stopped believing in harold

The tables have turned in this unconventionally funny holiday tale.  Santa has a sneaking suspicion that Harold the kid isn’t real.  He doesn’t believe that Harold is the one who writes him a letter every year, or that he puts out a plate of milk and cookies for him on Christmas Eve.  Meanwhile, down south, Harold is grappling with a similar quandary.  Anxious to put their uncertainties to rest, both Santa and Harold devise plans to discover if the other does indeed exist…and the results are a riot.  Don’t miss this one!

The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold was written by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Cale Atkinson and published by Tundra Books.


the ride-by-nights

“‘Neath Charlie’s Wain they twitter and tweet,

And away they swarm ‘neath the Dragon’s feet,

With a whoop and a flutter they swing and sway,

And surge pell-mell down the Milky Way.”

In The Ride-by-Nights, children go trick-or-treating on Halloween evening as a group of mischievous little witches fly through the fantastic night sky above them.  I love getting caught up in the momentum of Walter de la Mare's poem, read aloud or silently.  Carolina Rabei captures the brilliance and energy of de la Mare’s words in her enchanting illustrations, which bear their own kind of bewitching magic.

Published by Faber & Faber.


valentine animal envelopes

We made these Valentine Animal Envelopes recently (idea and original post by Mer Mag).


white roasted chocolate sundaes for valentine's day

We’re gearing up for Valentine’s Day with these roasted white chocolate sundaes on The Land of Nod’s blog today.