Two more lovely picture books join the winter wonderland line up , with jut under a week to go until the big day! A crazy canine countdown and a magical journey to celebrate family at Christmas time.
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Alison Ritchie and Marisa Morea
A little puppy is caught up in the countdown to Christmas as dogs of all manner, shape and sizes ‘help’ to get everything ready. From choosing the tree, to baking cakes, to running off with festive treats, the dogs are having a wonderful time. With Chihuahuas, Retrievers, Scottie dogs and Dalmatians there’s a dog for every person – and a task for every dog!
A great picture book for all dog lovers this is a lovely rhyming treat, reflecting on the fabulous chaos of getting ready for Christmas. It captures the fun, excitement and just how much we can all get carried away! Taking inspiration from the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas, this would be a great book to read aloud. There’s lots to see with lively and colourful illustrations, bringing to life all the different festive traditions from decorating the tree to wrapping presents to preparing food. With lots of excited little ones counting down to Christmas, it’s the perfect time to share this story.
Find out more at www.marisamorea.com and www.simonandschuster.co.uk
Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-Tuck and Karl James Mountford
A young girl, Mia, misses her Daddy as Christmas approaches and even the sights and sounds at the Christmas market don’t make her feel more festive. Mia can’t get the Christmas card she has made him delivered on time, but when she discovers a magical post box that leads her to the Reindeer Express, it seems her Christmas wish may come true. Mia is taken by a magical reindeer on a fantastic journey over land and sea to meet a very special person and deliver her card! When Mia has to leave her father the sky is filled with other children on their own reindeer and she understands she is not the only one missing a family member. This helps Mia and whilst her Daddy can’t spend Christmas at home, she discovers she is brave enough to be without him.
This is a beautiful book full of heart-warming, magical illustrations with a lovely message about families at Christmas time. A simple narrative that even young children will relate to conveys the story, with the added magic and wonder of the festive season. Whilst we can’t always be with all of our loved ones at Christmas, knowing we’re not alone makes it easier and we can still enjoy celebrating. With lots of lovely illustrations to look at and lift the flaps and cut-outs, Last Stop on the Reindeer Express celebrates Christmas and family perfectly.
Find out more www.karljamesmountford.com and littletiger.co.uk/authors
With thanks to Simon and Schuster and Little Tiger Press for sending me these books to review.