Sunday, October 23, 2011

Christmas Books

There's a Hole in my Bucket sung by The Topp Twins, pictures by Jenny Cooper
(Scholastic)  CD inclusive

There's a hole in my bucket,
dear Liza, dear Liza
There's a hole in my bucket,
dear Liza
a hole.

You've probably heard the song before - it's a favourite with pre-schoolers. What makes it special is having a book and CD for children to read and play over and over again. Jenny Cooper's illustrations are a treat - the expressions of the two characters are hilarious (especially Liza getting more and more annoyed with Henry). Lots of fun for 4-6 year olds and will be popular in the kindergarten and Junior Primary school classes.

The Topp Twins are a truly original comic and musical duo - this is their first book for children. They see There's a Hole in My Bucket as a fun way to encourage kids to pick up a book, believing that learning to read is vital, no matter who you are or where you are from.

Illustrator Jenny Cooper has illustrated numerous children's books. Jenny said that while she drew pictures for this book she listened to the song over 200 times!
RRP $26.00

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth by Don Gardner, illustrated by Katz Cowley, sung by Craig Smith  (Scholastic) CD inclusive

Everybody stops and stares at me,
These two teeth are gone as you can see,
I don't know just who to blame for this
But my one wish
on Christmas Eve
is as plain as can be...

You've probably guessed it - it's his two front teeth. Little chimp thinks about all the things he could do if he had two front teeth; whistle, sing songs, wish people Merry Christmas... Will he get them?

Another bright and beautiful book from Scholastic.They've taken a well known Christmas song and paired it with popular duo Katz Cowley (illustrator) and Craig Smith (singer/songwriter). Don Gardner penned the song in 1944 and asked a class of 22 second graders to complete the sentence: "All I want for Christmas is...' and then 'began smiling as he heard 16 of them lisping wishes without the help of one or two both front teeth' (LA Times, 2004). That was his inspiration for the song in this book. Katz Cowley went through two earthquakes in Christchurch while illustrating this book and moving six times across two countries. Craig Smith wrote 'The Wonky Donkey' which was co-winner of the APRA Children's Song of the Year award in 2008.

Sure to be another popular book for 4-6 year olds for Christmas.  A must have for all kindergartens and Junior Primary School classes.

Christmas in the Bush by Lindy Kelly, illustrated by Lyn Kriegler
(Harper Collins)

What will Christmas be like this year?
Josh wondered as he arrived at his dad's farm. Christmas with Mum in the city was always fun.
The farm was a fun place for holidays, with Dad, his dog, Scout, and the bush near the house. But Christmas?

Christmas with Dad is going to be different alright; no christmas tree, no big christmas dinner with ham and turkey, and apparently Santa doesn't even come this far out in the woods. His father says he has something a bit special up his sleeve - but what could beat a traditional Christmas...

At first Josh thinks this is going to be the worst Christmas ever but though it doesn't start with all the traditional trimmings it turns in to the best Christmas he has ever had. What beats presents under a christmas tree - read out to find how to have a bush Christmas. An enjoyable read for children from 4-6 years. Helpful for those children from recently separated families especially if they're experiencing a different Christmas for the first time.

Lindy Kelly has written numerous short stories for Learning Media, picture books for educational companies and several children's books for Harper Collins. Lyn Kriegler has illustrated 22 picture books, seven chapter books and 25 readers. Lyn's artwork is bright and busy - plenty to keep young children's attention.

RRP $19.99  Release date November 2011

Willbee the Bumblebee, story by Maureen Thomson and Craig Smith, illustrations by Katz Cowley, music by Craig Smith (Scholastic)  Includes book, CD and Willbee toy.

Willbee the Bumblebee came out in 2010 and now it is back packaged together with toy, book and CD in gift box format - sure to be a popular present for the under 5s.

RRP $31.00

Beach Bag Boogie by Lindsay Wood, illustrated by Rebekah Holguin
(Harper Collins)  RRP $19.99

When Jasper woke up, things felt very
strange - there were whoosh-whooshing
sounds and his bedroom had changed.

Jasper wakes up in a tent beside the sea. Everything is new and different and exciting. Jasper can feel tingling over his skin and a jig-jiggling urge to get dancing set in... He does the sleeping bag shimmy,
the slip slop slap samba, the beach bag boogie...  Lots of fun alliteration as she read about a young boy's fun day camping at the beach.

A fun book for 4-6 year olds - sure to be popular in kindergartens and Junior Primary School too. I can see lots of children bursting to get up and doing some of those jiggling dances while listening to the story.  The illustrations are bright and colourful with some white spaces for the text. Recommended for the holidays!

RRP $19.99

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