There are many new holiday picture books, including these of contemporary celebrations.
As he checks his list in this new story, Santa Claus comes across a few people who don't believe, otherwise known as bleebernobs in the special language of Elfanese. Join Santa on his journey to change these bleebernobs into doobinbleebs, or true believers, in the iPad app "Kundersanterbleebin, A Christmas Tale," by local author Bret Hickenlooper. The app is a great story for all families looking to enrich their holiday traditions. It is especially great for children on the verge of disbelief. The eye-catching illustrations by local illustrator Kory Fluckiger, background music and narration add dimension and make this story complete. — Leanne Mills
Santa is on his way, but midflight the harness on the sleigh breaks and the reindeer take flight in one direction and Santa with the sleigh in another. Landing in a barnyard, Santa solicits help from the farm animals, “Now, Sheep! Now, Goat! Now, Piggy and Cow! On, Horsey! On, Doggie! Oh, what a Christmas flight we have now!”
The coup de gratis is Santa’s special “presents” to his new friends. Garland’s digital illustrations with bug-eyed characters and hidden details will encourage many readings of this hilarious tale.
Walter Wick’s eighth in the “Can You See What I See?” series is a Christmas extravaganza with a simple narrative as well as 250 hidden objects in the meticulously staged photographs.
Working with a team of assistants, Wick designs and builds miniature sets that he photographs in vivid color. One scene shows toys and toy parts as part of a circus. Another is a bin of discarded toys with a list of hidden objects to discover.
When the holiday rush takes over, “Can You See What I See?” is a book for all ages to lean back and enjoy.
Little Pyn wants nothing more than a “real Christmas tree,” but her gruff father, Oother, “didn’t soften” to such things. He finally relents to the luxury and a happy-ever-after ending makes this a real clincher of a holiday story. Olivier Dunrea’s signature illustrations of a cold, snowy setting with fur boots and a warm hearth add to the spirit of love and giving.
Two little girls get stuck in the snow and must call on the Snow Angels for help. That experience inspires them to become "angels" themselves and help others by doing such things as visiting lonely neighbors, making cookies and making quilts in this picture book by author Angel Randall. — Carma Wadley
With outrageous energy, Nancy is spinning with excitement over the coming festivities. But when her fancy “tree topper” is broken, she stresses, “I am devastated, which is upset, only a zillion times worse.”
Nancy fans will love this new version.
The same unorganized family from Eileen Spinelli’s “The Perfect Thanksgiving” will bring laughs as they are compared to a neighbor who does everything as “perfect as can be.” JoAnn Adinolfi’s scattered, illustrated mixed-media are most appropriate for the disjointed funny story.
Barbara Robinson’s 1971 novel became an annual classical read when the brazen Herdman children pull off antics that disrupt the Sunday School Nativity story. They are labeled “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The picture book adaptation of the story leaves out some treasured laughable parts but still retains a flavor of the whole comic escapade.