Book Gift Guide For Christmas… Almost

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“A book is a gift you can open again and again”

Garrison Keillor

As today marks the start of the Christmas markets in Germany, I think it is only right that the blog goes into full on Christmas mode.   I have to admit that I am a teeny bit excited about Christmas this year.

Last year the boys had a great time and really got into the Christmas, however it was like the were experiencing everything for the first time.  The didn’t remember the Christmas of previous years.

This year however, they remember!  They know who Santa is and what Christmas means.  And I couldn’t be more excited.   I really do think this will be the best Christmas yet!

A Book for December…

We love books in our family, I am sure I may have mentioned this before.  So when I was thinking about doing a christmas gift list for the blog, I liked the idea of doing something a little different!  Rather than a christmas pressie list, why not do some books for consideration on the lead up to Christmas.  So if you are on the look out for some ideas for your little ones, to get into the festive spirit, then why not give some of these books a shot…

**in the interest of disclosure, I have received the first of these books for free for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own**

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The Night Before Christmas

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house.

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”

This lovely book takes the classic poem and mixing it with some gorgeous illustrations.  The family in this book are bears and Daddy bear looks out his window one Christmas Eve to see Santa’s sleigh outside.

The illustrations in this book are lovely, they really stand out and are bright and colourful. The boys loved the book, especially the bear family.  We have read this book over and over again and is perfect for this time of year.

This book will be available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Good Reads from December 7.

Father Christmas Needs a Wee

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Father Christmas needs a wee.
He’s been drinking drinks since half past three . . .

The boys insisted I put this book in the list.  This is a difficult one for me, as it is not my favourite christmas book.  I don’t know why but this slightly grates on me.  However, the boys LOVE it! They think it is hilarious, mainly due to the toilet humour – boys!

I am sure you can get the premise from the title.  Basically, Santa has eaten and drunk way to much on Christmas Eve, which unfortunately leaves him a little desperate.  The book follows him as he tries to deliver all the pressies and then rush to the loo!

Stick Man

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Stick Man Lives in the Family tree 

With his stick lady love and his stick children three…..

Julia Donaldson does it again with this lovely book.  Everyone in our family loves this book which sees stick man being carried away from his family.  Throughout the book he is desperate to get back to the tree where he lives.  Help eventually comes from an unlikely source..

I would highly recommend this book.  I would also highly recommend the animation which was on TV last Christmas Day.  If you didn’t catch it I would keep an eye on on the holiday TV schedule and make sure you record it.

Father Christmas / The Snowman

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Flying Through the Air….

So I have cheated slightly and put two books together for this one.  However, I am sure most people are familiar with these books and will know they are by the same author.

What I love about these books is that it is up to you to provide the words, as for the most part it is just illustrations.  What I like about this is that I notice the boys often looking through them on their own as the pictures are self explanatory, as well as asking me to talk it through.

Both books follow the main characters through a journey and the illustrations are a delight to look at.  My favourite as a child was always the snowman.  However, when I asked the boys their favourite is – by far – Father Christmas!

The Jolly Christmas Postman

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‘A book in a book!’ says the gingerbread boy. ‘What a simply delicious surprise.” 

(if only he knew he was in one too, that really would open his eyes)

As a child I loved the postman books and my two are no exception.  There is something fun and slightly magical about interactive books like these.  There is a surprise in every page as you can snoop on everyones mail.  Actually when I put it like that is sounds a bit strange…

Anyway, snooping aside, the book follows the jolly postman as he does his rounds at Christmas time.   There are some familiar faces on his rounds, including Red Riding Hood and Humpty Dumpty.  The addition of these well known characters make it all the more exciting for the kids!

On my to buy list…

Books we will try out this year.  In the lead up to Christmas, I have my eye on these two for the boys.

Lego City Save the Christmas

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L is obsessed with ‘lego city’ (he calls it this as it differentiates from his duplo).  He has a very small amount of it at the moment, however it is pretty much the only thing that he wants for Christmas.  So, I suspect that will change when Santa has been!

I have found the book on Amazon – used – for under a £1!  So I am thinking this is a huge bargain!

Bear Stays Up for Christmas

61w9xjl0hnl-_ac_us240_ql65_D loves giraffes, but there is a huge shortage of christmas books with giraffes as the main character! hmmm, maybe this could be a project for 2017 for me!   Anyway, in the absence of any festive giraffes, I found this lovely looking bear book!

The front cover has sold it for me, very cute!

Where To Buy

The majority – if not all – of these books could be found at your local book shop.  I also found that they were all available through Amazon.

I would love to know if you have read these and what you think.  Or if you have any other ideas.  If you come across any giraffe Christmas books, please let me know!

 

If you are looking for books to read on the run up to Christmas, or for the kiddies Christmas eve box then pop over to the blog to get inspiration. http://doublemonkeybusiness.co.uk/2016/11/21/a-christmas-book-gift-guide-almost/
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