Sunday, December 26, 2010

Best Kids Books Of Our Holidays

Book Description
What could be fancier than Christmas?
Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

In this merriest of stories from bestselling duo Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way!

What I Can Tell You:
We have always loved Fancy Nancy in this house but holidays books are always extra special. This year Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas was part of our 25 days of Christmas. (this just means the kids open a gift a day until Christmas Eve, mostly Christmas books and DVD's).

The pictures are amazing. So full and colorful. Like all Fancy Nancy books, there are all the special "fancy" words and our lively Nancy is fun. I loved that the snowman, or should I say Snow woman had red high heels. So Fancy!

We follow Nancy and her family as they decorate, shop for a tree and get ready for Christmas. Things don't always go perfect but if you have the love of your family the holiday will always be perfect!

Book Description
What's more fun than spending Christmas with your family? Well, spending Christmas with your family and Mouse, of course! The creators of the #1 New York Times best-selling If You Give . . . Book series have brought their stories, recipes, songs, games, and activities to this deluxe edition of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies—a perfect way for families to celebrate the holidays together.

What I Can Tell You
My son has been a Mouse fan forever. We must have read If You Give a Mouse A Cookie over 100 times one month. They we got the read along and he read it alone every morning for another month. Finally we got the rest of the series (i.e. If You Give a Pig A Pancake or If You Give A Moose A Muffin). The stories are cute and easy enough for new self readers to read alone. If you or you know a child who is a fan of The Give A Mouse A Cookie Mouse, this is an absolute, adorable addition to your library. Wonderful illustrations as is expect with the series.

There is even a deluxe edition that comes with:

-Letters to you from the author and illustrator
-The complete If You Take a Mouse to the Movies storybook
-Three holiday recipes
-Sheet music for two Mouse-style Christmas carols
-Three activities for you and your family to share
-Anecdotes from the author and illustrator
-A sneak peek into Felicia Bond’s winter sketchbook
-A CD with two songs and reading of If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Jason Alexander

Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of each book courtesy of Harper Collins Childrens Books.


  1. Glad to see you're doing reviews again--I'm hoping that means you are feeling better?!?

  2. Renee, I am trying. Moving really slow but moving which is better than last week. A small set back but so much better. Thanks for asking. I've missed you.


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