Happy New Year or New Year’s Eve everyone! I can’t believe it’s going to be 2019. Time is flying, but I’m still not letting go of Christmas yet. I thought it would be fun to share some of the books we received for Christmas this year.
Personally, I didn’t receive books as gifts this year, but I did purchase one other book for myself besides the Penguin Classics Christmas set I mentioned last week. I went ahead and took a chance on, We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.
I like reading books set during the time of World War II and many of my friends rated this one highly. I hope to read this while on Christmas vacation.
My 18-year-old son received a really awesome cookbook by Snoop Dogg titled From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen. My son’s becoming more interested in cooking for himself and I thought this would be a good one for him. So far so good! It’s a fun cookbook and even though some of the recipes are similar to the dishes we already make, there are plenty new recipes to try. Each one has an interesting title like ‘Spaghetti de la Hood’ which we found hilarious.
My oldest daughter is twelve and she’s become so picky with the books she reads so, she only received one physical book set and that’s the Stargirl series by Jerry Spinelli. I’m hopeful she’ll enjoy it.
We used to get Owlcrate Jr. for almost an entire year, but I cancelled it because it seemed to be too expensive with the kids not really using everything they would receive in their box. I decided for a Christmas gift to renew it for 3 months and try once more. We were pleased with December’s box! The book we received is The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell. This one looks and sounds excellent.
Two that my younger boy received are the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Meltdown #13 by Jeff Kinney…
…and Dogman: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey.
We also received The Guardians Collection by William Joyce. The whole family loves the “Rise of the Guardians” film, so we were all excited to get the books this Christmas. The hardcovers are beautiful and each one has illustrations within the text.
The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. I’m dying to start this one myself!
I took a chance on Very Rich by Polly Horvath for a gift after reading the blurb because it sounded like a really good book that my kids would enjoy. I hope to read this with my kids. The book is about a young boy from a very poor family. He wants to do something important with his life so that he can help them out, but things end up falling apart after he takes a chance on something. I have a good feeling about this book and will be sure to review it when we’re finished.
And of course, picture books for the youngest…
Zetta the Poinsettia by Alma Hammond. This was a total cover buy and she ended up loving it. The illustrations by Zuzana Svobodova are so vivid and it’s a cute story.
Snowman’s Story by Will Hillenbrand. This is a wordless picture book that we’ve read twice already. It’s cute and we love the wintry scenes.
Jack Frost by William Joyce. This is actually the third in The Guardians of Childhood series, but we don’t have the other two yet. This book is amazing! It’s a very simple read and beautiful artwork too. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer with a little more text, but this is a book for children and it’s perfect for young readers.
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Gennady Spirin. We enjoyed singing along to this one. It has pretty illustrations too.
Because we all love trees, this book is for everyone in the family. It’s titled The Book of Trees and is written by Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowski. I can’t say enough about this book! I was amazed when it arrived because it’s over-sized at roughly 15 inches tall and the content is so thorough! It covers the different types of trees, leaves, roots, seasons, tree animals, forests, houses and even tree monsters. I can’t imagine anyone with an interest in trees not loving this book.