Christmas Book Reviews!

26 Nov

The Very Fairy Princess – A Fairy Merry Christmas

By Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

Illustrated by Christine Davenier

32 pages – ages 4+

Published by LB Kids on October 16, 2012

Gerry (the fairy princess) doesn’t have money to buy gifts for Christmas so she thinks about what each person in her family would like. She then makes a handmade gift for each of them. Her thoughtful gifts really makes Christmas SPARKLE this year!

This was a (very) cute book but I am letting Josie (my little sister) say what she likes about it and rate it because it is her book :)

Josie – I like fairy princesses. I like Gerry. She made gifts for her family and that was nice. I read the book by myself.  Gerry is pretty.

Josie gives “The Very Fairy Princess – A Fairy Merry Christmas” 5 out of 5 bookworms!

One Little Christmas Tree

By The Curto Family and Rusty Fischer

24 pages – ages 4+

Published by Good Times At Home LLC on August 6, 2012

Alfred the Christmas tree was small. Families pass him by every year when they come to “Carl’s Christmas Tree Farm”  looking for the perfect Christmas tree. All the tall trees around him get picked one by one. Alfred wonders if he will ever be chosen and be able to make a family’s Christmas special.

This is a good story that teaches patience to young kids.  The illustrations are cute, especially Alfred. I think the book is good for young kids, older kids might want a bit more to the story (like why the boy who picked Alfred was sad). I think the story would make a nice bedtime read-aloud especially for Christmas.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

To learn more about One Little Christmas Tree, please visit the official website HERE.

The Story of Everdream – Book 1: The Christmas Witch

By Robert L. Welsh

Illustrated by Kalpart

46 pages – ages 7+

Published by Strategic Book Publishing on October 17, 2011

In this fairytale story, Santa Claus comes from a land called Everdream. Everdream is the home to fairies, elves and other magical creatures. Did you know Santa Claus has a sister named Jellis Claus? Well, Jellis is JEALOUS! She doesn’t like children, presents, or Christmas at all. She can’t stand her job helping the elves at Santa’s workshop. Jellis hatches a plan to ruin Christmas but Holly, a little girl from our human world helps the elves and fairies of Everdream save Christmas!

This was a fun picture book! I really like that it tells you about this place called Everdream and Santa’s sister, Jellis. That was an interesting idea about the life of Santa that I never heard before. I liked Holly (the human girl) a lot. She was pretty clever. The story reads like a fairy tale and the illustrations go along with it very nicely.

I give “The Story of Everdream – Book 1: The Christmas Witch” 5 out of 5 bookworms!

Scrooge

Classics Illustrated Deluxe #9: A Christmas Carol and A Remembrance of Mugby

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Rodolphe

Illustrated by Estelle Meyrand

96 pages – ages 8+

Published by Papercutz (Unabridged edition) on September 18, 2012

Two great Classic Charles Dickens Christmas stories in one AWESOME graphic novel!

You probably have read or saw a movie version of “A Christmas Carol” and Scrooge changes from a…scrooge to a caring, giving person, but have you ever read “Mugby’s Junction”? “A Remembrance of Mugby” is a version of “Mugby’s Junction”. It is a tale about a man searching for a true home. He finds himself in Mugby, a town with railroad tracks going out in all directions. He tries each of the tracks, going to wherever it takes him. Each time he returns to Mugby, vowing to try another track. Both of these Dickens tales are told in this graphic novel.

I must say, I really like “A Christmas Carol” and this graphic novel was really great! I liked the expressions on the faces in the illustrations. In fact, the illustrations added so much more to what was written!

I had not heard of “Mugby’s Junction” before, and was intrigued by what happened in the story. Very, very nice story. I know a lot of parents would want their kids to read the “real” book, but now that I read “A Remembrance of Mugby” in graphic novel form, I want to read the full version!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!

Check out the whole line of Papercutz Classics Illustrated graphic novels HERE.

31 Responses to “Christmas Book Reviews!”

  1. lionelsnod November 26, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Great reviews Erik. I love the covers off all of those books. Thanks for sharing!

    Paul R. Hewlett

  2. Genevieve Petrillo November 26, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Sweet! I love Christmas, and I love Christmas books!! Such fun choices! Thanks, E.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  3. Kirsten Larson November 26, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Hooray, Erik! I love Christmas books. Every years I wrap up 25 books — some old, some new — and the kids get to open one a day until Christmas. Every day we read the Christmas book of the day. Now I have a few to look out for at the bookstore. Thanks.

  4. Catherine Johnson November 26, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    The story of Everdream sounds awesome and I have a book out from the library just like the christmas tree one. It’s called What the Little Fir Tree wore to the Christmas Party.

    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

      The Story of Everdream was great! “What the Little Fir Tree Wore to the Christmas Party” sounds good! Thanks for telling me about it! :)

  5. Beth Stilborn November 26, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Great reviews, Erik! And so glad Josie enjoyed The Very Fairy Princess: A Fairy Merry Christmas!

  6. julie rowan zoch November 26, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Great list you’ve put together here – something for everyone! I just put the Scrooge edition on hold, but I’ll be looking for the original Mugby Junction stories too!

  7. Joanna November 26, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Erik, you are right, I haven’t heard of Mugby’s Junction, and would love to get my hands on this abridged version. Thanks for all four recommendations.

  8. Patricia Tilton November 26, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Enjoyed your Christmas book reviews. Tell Josie I liked her comments about “The Very Fairy Princess.” I just gave a copy to my great granddaughter on Thanksgiving. Hope she likes it. Was not familiar with the other two books you reviewed and will especially seek out the Scrooge book and the original Mugby Junction — nice companions to the Dickens book. So much of Dickens own life and the characters are in his books. Great review!

  9. ontheplumtree November 26, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    I like your collection, Erik! And, of course, Scrooge (or Scrooge and Marley’s Ghost, as it used to be called is such a timeless classic. There is such a wonderful message in it for everyone!

    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      Thank you Dr. Clune! A Christmas Carol has an awesome, important message.

  10. jama November 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    What a fun, festive post! The holidays are upon us. These sound like wonderful reads. Thanks, Erik! :)

  11. Jess@Fairday's Blog November 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    What an excellent selection of holiday books. I love Christmas books and these look adorable. A Christmas Carol as a graphic novel sounds great!

  12. Renee C. November 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    I love Julie Andrews and how sweet to have written a book with her daughter. Love it! We will also be reviewing One Little Christmas Tree – glad you enjoyed it! :D

    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      Ms. Andrews and Ms. Walton Hamilton make a great team! I think you would like “The Great American Mousical” by them. I can’t wait to see your review of “One Little Christmas Tree”! :D

  13. Michelle Isenhoff November 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    You have one of my favorite stories on your list, though I haven’t read that version. I love Dickens. :)

  14. Darlene November 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Great selection of Christmas books!!

  15. Susanna Leonard Hill November 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Ooh! So many Christmas books! I LOVE Christmas books :) And I don’t think I’ve read any of these (well, except for the original version of A Christmas Carol) so think of all the fun in store :)

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