The Night Before Christmas – Clement C Moore & Anita Lobel (Franklin Watts, 1984)
The poem needs no introduction, and the version you have depends on personal preference to art styles etc. This is one that came from the corner of Blackwell’s once upon a time and this will the first year we’ll be sharing it. We have another Anita Lobel, Alison’s Zinnia, which is a beautiful A to Z of flowers enjoyed by MG and DG so I think the art will appeal to them. The pictures are gorgeous, and the poem nicely spread out through the pages, although the description of St Nick is quite long and on one page so I hope it will keep their attention! I’ll either put this at the start of the month, or keep it out permanently, with it being such a classic.
Father Christmas: Raymond Briggs (Penguin, 1973)
Although it pains me to admit it, I don’t actually like reading aloud! I do, and several books a day, but I do tend to stick to shorter books because I struggle over saying all the words in long stories. It’s why I don’t really read chapter books to MG and DG although I really want to. I am a generally silent person, I love to read but I love to read in my head. I look forward to when MG and DG can read and then we can share and discuss books after reading (if they wish) instead of me getting all tongue-tied because I’ve spoken for longer than I’m comfortable with. (cont…)
Father Christmas Goes on Holiday: Raymond Briggs (Penguin, 1975)
(…cont) All of the above being a terribly long-winded way of saying that I have not read either of these books (or The Snowman, which we no longer seem to have a copy of) to MG and DG on account of the fact that I can’t ‘read’ pictures and I don’t know how to help them follow a cartoon style book when I’ll just be reading the odd speech bubble. It is a terrible failing on my part, but I also haven’t attempted to read these because I’m not a huge fan of Raymond Briggs work either, it just never appealed to me. I am happily in a minority with this opinion, after all we all like different things! Mr Chaos bought these two books for MG and DG last year because he loves them, therefore he can share them
Stick Man: Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (Scholastic, 2009)
I can’t review this one yet because we haven’t got it, but I’ll change this blurb as soon as it arrives. I’ve ordered it via the school’s book club to add to the advent books because it was only £1.99 and it’s a Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler collaboration so will probably be a hit!
When I Dream of Christmas: Oakley Graham (Top That! Publishing, 2012)
Each double page of When I Dream of Christmas consists of a gorgeous Christmas image on the right and simple humour-filled text on the left. The descriptions make me smile as we read through the book, and MG and DG love all the different Christmassy items as well as the glittery cover. You can read my full review of this book here.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of When I Dream of Christmas by Top That! Publishing for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.