Friday, December 4, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Three fun new kids' Christmas books from Sky Pony Press

*Disclosure: I received these books to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

My kids both are having a bit of trouble learning to read. One of the ways that we're working on helping them out with their reading skills is by finding fun books that they actually will be interested in reading. The material they get from school tends to be lacking in much interesting content, so at home we need to have great books! That's why I've loved working with Sky Pony Press- their books are always entertaining and fun. The three newest books that we received from them are no exception. We love them all! Here's a bit about these three holiday books, from the publisher's website:

The Runaway Santa

Once there was a jolly Santa who wanted to leave the North Pole on a worldwide vacation! He decides he wants to visit Mount Rushmore and see the stone faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Then he’ll ski the silky slopes of the Swiss Alps. And after that, he’ll ride an elephant in South Africa on a safari. Santa is eager for a new adventure, but Mrs. Claus isn’t so sure he’s ready just yet. Before he takes off, she’s going to make sure he’s got his rock climbing gear. And his skis, and his hat. He must be ready!

It isn’t long before Santa realizes that maybe his adventure would be more fun with a friend. Mrs. Claus is clearly an expert adventurer herself, and so the two take off together on a runaway adventure. They have a little time before Christmas, after all, and everybody needs a break sometimes!
This book is by the same author as The Runaway Pumpkin, which we also really enjoyed. Be sure to check out each page carefully, as Santa might have company on his travels and you don't want to miss that!

Tough Cookie

When this gingerbread man was baked, someone forgot to put in the ginger. He’s made of eggs and cinnamon and flour and butter and sugar, but he’s missing a key ingredient! Without ginger, the gingerbread man feels like he’s not really a gingerbread man at all! He can’t be sold in the bakery, so he lives at the back of the store. And there he causes all kinds of trouble.

This gingerbread man eats the baker’s decorating candy. He throws sprinkles across the counter and squirts frosting on the walls. It’s not long before the baker has had enough of the gingerbread man’s mischief and orders him to leave. The gingerbread man realizes he’ll have to change his ways, and the baker decides to help. He teaches the gingerbread man that his ingredients don’t make him who he is—it’s his character that defines him. So the gingerbread man begins to help the baker decorate the other gingerbread men and women. He helps prepare them and makes sure they find their way on their journey from the oven to the bakery shelf. And he always makes sure to add the ginger.
The kids and I found the gingerbread man's antics at the beginning of the book to be very amusing. The illustrations are a lot of fun and really bring the story to life. And the message of being helpful and useful instead of just causing trouble is one that my kids can never hear enough!

The Night Before Christmas: A Brick Story

Spread the Christmas cheer with this whimsical retelling of Clement C. Moore’s cherished poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” This new edition of the classic features the text of Moore’s original poem, illustrated with beautifully detailed LEGO brick scenes and characters.

See the colorful stockings hung by the chimney in the fanciful brick house, and look on at the visions of dancing brick sugarplums. Turn the pages to reveal Saint Nicholas with his bundle of toys and his eight trusty reindeer, and watch as he magically slides down the chimney to bring presents to the good little girls and boys before shouting, “Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!” This treasured Christmas poem in brick will quickly become the highlight of your holiday storybooks and a great new tradition for the whole family!
This is a great way to share the classic Christmas poem with your family- my kids loved listening to me read it while they checked out all the amazing LEGO creations. Fun for all!

Be sure to check out these books and all the other great offerings from Sky Pony Press. Everyone could use a fun new book under the Christmas tree this year!