Erik’s Christmas Picks 2013

9 Dec

Happyย  Monday! ๐Ÿ˜€

Well it isn’t a whole day off of school, but I will be happy for the 2 hour delay we got today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I have some fun Christmas books to tell you about! All of these books make my 5 out of 5 bookworm list!

thevisitThe Visit: The Origin of “The Night Before Christmas”

By Mark Kimball Moulton

Illustrated by Susan Winget

54 pages – ages 5+

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (October 28, 2013)

A mother and her children visit their grandfather, who tells them the true story behind The Night Before Christmas. Author Clement C. Moore, who on Christmas Eve, promised to tell his daughter a new Christmas story. He came up with “The Night Before Christmas.” The whole story was inspired by a tripย  to town that night!

The true story about The Night Before Christmas should be in every household! It is based on the true story of how the classic “The Night Before Christmas” came about. The story was passed down through the Moore family and the author was told the story by Dinghy Sharp, the great-great-granddaughter of Mr. Moore. It is a great book, and you learn a bit about the time when it was written. I think this is a great Christmas book and an interesting part of history. The illustrations in this edition are beautiful and add a lot to the story.

Visit Schiffer publishing HERE.

Follow on Twitter HERE.

Facebook page HERE.

SMURFSxmasCover-216x300The Smurfs Christmas

Written and Illustrated by Peyo

56 pages – ages 7+

Published by Papaercutz on October 1, 2013

When Gargamel (who has been very bad, as normal) is ordered to deliver the Smurfs’ Christmas presents to their tree (where Santa usually hangs their presents) outside of the forest by Santa, or else Gargamel will be turned into a worm, the Smurfs find some kindness in their hearts to bring Gargamel, their supreme enemy, some presents themselves!

This is a very cute Papercutz Smurf Graphic Novel. I like the other comics (bonus adventures) in it too, at the back. The snowman one was nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ The Smurfs are always good for a quick, funny read on a sunny or a rainy day! I think reluctant readers will love this Graphic Novel series!

Find the book!

On Amazon – on the Papercutz website HERE!

Christmas SpiritKat McGee and the School of Christmas Spirit

A Kat McGee Adventure

By Rebecca Munsterer

Illustrated by Georgianna Manderioli

122 pages – ages 8+

Published by In This Together Media on November 14, 2013

Kat is the middle child in a family with 7 kids. All of her brothers and sisters are amazing and talented and Kat is… boring. So Kat is surprised when, out of all of them, she is chosen to attend the School of Christmas Spirit, run by Mrs. Claus herself (whom her grandmother, surprisingly went to high school with)! At the school, Kat uncovers a plot to ruin Santa and Christmas! Is it too late to save Santa from a terrible fate?

This is a cute story about a girl who thinks she’s a “loser” saving Santa and Christmas. I really like the idea of the School of Christmas Spirit. I would like to attend it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that the plot is fun and the story is well written. It is a great book for younger boys and girls wanting a fun story about Christmas.

The story itself is 84 pages but the whole book is 135. The second part of this book has a bunch of activities and a reading guide. There are also discussion questions parents can use to talk to their kids about subjects like self-esteem.

A really cool thing in the activity part of this book is a recipe for Candyfruit created by Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio and Umber Ahmad from the Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery in New York City. Click HERE to visit their website.

Find the book! Goodreads –ย  Official WebsiteAmazonFacebook

Find Ms. Munsterer on Twitter HERE.
Find In This Together Media on Twitter HERE.

xmasprojectThe Christmas Project

By Nicola Palmer

78 pages – ages 8+ (ebook reviewed)

Published by Kallisto on November 25, 2013

Billy Neale, and all of his town, was sick of the snow. That may surprise you, since it was almost Christmas, but the snow had started in September, and didn’t melt at all since then (It usually doesn’t snow until December-ish). Plus there are a bunch Christmas decorations showing up out of nowhere – with NO footprints in the snow to track the culprits! Plus, there are those neighbors across the street who showed up in September – with the snow… Billy knows there is something really weird going on. Billy decides to take matters into his own hands and figure out what is going on!

Ms. Palmer is the author of the Alice Parker series that I really enjoy. This is the second Christmas book I’ve read of hers. This new Christmas book from Nicola Palmer is a fun, thrilling, suspenseful adventure, with everything from snow-storms to aliens! How Ms. Parker combines Christmas, mystery and aliens is great! Billy is a great character – very kind and considerate, and is determined to figure out a problem. I really ended up caring for him as a character. The ending is great, but kind of a cliffhanger. I hope Ms. Palmer makes a sequel. I really enjoyed this story. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think kids with a great imagination will find this book a fun read.

Find the book on Amazon HERE!

Find Ms. Parker on Twitter HERE.

Her blog HERE.

On Facebook HERE.

51 Responses to “Erik’s Christmas Picks 2013”

  1. lionelsnod December 9, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Enjoy your partial snow day Erik! Thanks for the great list of books. What great covers!

    Paul R. Hewlett


  2. Michelle Isenhoff December 9, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Happy partial snow day, Erik. Fun list! They all appeal to me except the Smurfs. Guess I’m a grinch (or a Gargamel). ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Barbara December 9, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Nice collection. These are all new to me!


  4. LovableLobo December 9, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Nice selection of Christmas books, Superkid!


  5. julie rowan zoch December 9, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Enjoy the snow! I haven’t read any of these – yet!


  6. writersideup December 9, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    The cover on THE VISIT is stunning!


  7. Joanne Fritz December 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Erik, it’s clear that you already have the Christmas Spirit, so you really wouldn’t need to attend Kat McGee’s school. I doubt I would read the Smurf book, but I like the sound of The Visit.


  8. KidLitReviews December 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Good job, Erik. The Smurfs and Kat McGee gives you two more points. Bah Hum Bug!

    Nice reviews! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d like to read The Village.


  9. Robyn Campbell December 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Super de duper job, Erik! I have not read any of these and will likely read them all. After all, they come highly recommended. Happy 1/4 snow day. ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. Katie December 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Great picks! Enjoy the snow!


  11. Patricia Tilton December 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Great selection of Christmas reads! I haven’t read any of them. Love the first book. And, I still like the smurfs. Glad you had some time off this morning. We have 7-8 in of snow in SW Ohio. And, it’s icy.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 13, 2013 at 6:58 am #

      My dad just came home from Ohio for work. I don’t know exactly where in Ohio though. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s icy here too. Ugh. You can sled on my cousin’s level driveway when you take a running start, it’s that icy. And that fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  12. Angela Brown December 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    I love the varying choices you’ve presented. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. readingwithrhythm December 9, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Those are all new to me! I’ll have to look for them. I hope your snow is softer that ours.


  14. Darlene December 10, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    What a great list of Christmas books Erik. Enjoy your snow day. We even got snow here on the south west coast of Canada (where it seldom snows)


  15. Romelle Broas December 10, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    This is a good list. I am going to have to add them to my reasing list.


  16. ontheplumtree December 10, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    All such gorgeous book. I particularly love the idea od the grandfather passing down his story about the night before Christmas. Thank Erik for these great recommendations.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 13, 2013 at 7:06 am #

      Well, the grandfather tells the story of his great(I forget the amount of ‘great’s)-grandfather, Clement C. Moore. These are great books! ๐Ÿ™‚


      • ontheplumtree December 13, 2013 at 7:08 am #

        I just noticed my typo…od …instead of *of*. Just shows that at grandparent age, we can’t see too well!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 13, 2013 at 7:10 am #

        Well, one of my favorite books has a character named Odd (Odd and the Frost Giants)! ๐Ÿ™‚


      • ontheplumtree December 13, 2013 at 7:18 am #

        I like Odd, not Od where it should not be Od! Lol!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 13, 2013 at 7:20 am #

        Odd is good, and so is Od,
        Just when you should’nt
        be Odd or Od!
        Just Nodd if you understand.


      • ontheplumtree December 13, 2013 at 8:01 am #

        Nod! ๐Ÿ™‚ if you are prrrfect, purrfect, perfec, or perfect!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

        Wut? Wat? Wha? What? Watt? ๐Ÿ˜‰


  17. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews December 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your picks Erik! We LOVE the Smurfs in our household! ๐Ÿ™‚


  18. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog December 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    I love snow days, delays, and early dismissals! ๐Ÿ™‚

    It is always great to be introduced to new holiday books! Thanks!


  19. Lexie December 23, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    These books all sound really interesting. I adore reading so I also review books and other things I love on my blog:


  20. Myra GB January 9, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    Oh I love the book covers of these titles. All new to me. Thanks for highlighting them, Erik!



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