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As part of our family tradition every year I put together a little red box of goodies to give to my children on Christmas Eve. It always contains a new pair of pyjamas each (sprinkled with “Santa dust” of course), hot chocolate and mini marshmallows, a small toy, a Christmas DVD and some Christmas themed books. All the ingredients for a perfect snuggly evening together to prepare for a good night’s sleep before Santa arrives. So here are ten picture books I have included in the box in previous years. As with my Halloween book blog I have included a brief comment from myself and each book has been rated out of ten by my two boys now five and eight years old. In each case the first score is from my eldest. However getting a rating other than 0 or 10, or even a number within that parameter proved somewhat challenging this time! Is it too early in December to start on the mulled wine?
If you’re a fan of Harry and his troop of dinosaurs, then you’ll love this old favourite. This got a zero rating from my youngest as Harry’s wish didn’t come true!
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Fantastic! This is well loved by all of us. So much so my eldest thought a ten rating just wasn’t enough! The wit and imagination of this author leaves us feeling so fond of the dear little sprout! Very much looking forward to reading his new one “The Christmas Carrot” (which is in their box for this year – shhh!).
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Despite the poor rating, I think I would struggle to find a parent who doesn’t like this book – but it’s not about us is it? My youngest was very quick to say that “too many sad things happened to Stick Man” for him to give it a high number. It just goes to show how children view stories very differently to adults.
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The paper engineer deserves a medal! Beautifully constructed and the humorous annotations and illustrations make a superb pop-up book which neatly explains many unanswered questions.
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It’s hard not to love a Mr Men book and Roger Hargreaves’ son Adam has certainly adopted the same matter of fact humour we appreciate with this new series.
This book has been around for a while now and I threw it in to see if it still holds that same magical quality that originally captured children’s imaginations. Sadly my two were pretty unimpressed. Slow and boring was the feedback I got from them.
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Father Christmas Needs a Wee – Nicholas Allan (author/illustrator). Publisher: red Fox Picture Books (5 Nov 2009). RATING 10/10; 10/10.
This is both funny and educational by including counting and numbers within bright, bold illustrations. All qualities that contribute to this winning combination. We’ve read it so many times and yet it always gets a giggle.
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For a theme that I feel is possibly verging on the repetitive now, it still manages to entertain with its easy rhyming quality and fantastic choice of underwear! Who knew pants were such an integral part of our world history.
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I’ve included this as an alternative to the other classic picture books which proved a resounding success. It gets them reading but also occupies them for longer. A mixture of lively illustrations, words and numbers means it’s suitable for all ages.
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If the rating had been down to me I would give it a ten. The Slinky Malinki story lines are always very simple but the melodic rhyme and imaginative wording is inspired. Sorry Slinky my two boys are obviously dog people not cat people! So I think if Hairy Maclary had been the star of this book the scores may have been different!
I hope this has given you some ideas for Christmas. What are your favourite Christmas picture books?
Where obtained: public or personal library.
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