All this talk about last-minute Christmas shopping is making me anxious. To me, last-minute is just before the stores close on December 24, which means there’s still plenty of time to pick up prezzies for your loved ones. And if books are on their list (and even if they’re not, get them some!), here are three picture books sure to be a hit.
Granted, this first one would make a sweet surprise before Christmas. It’s The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy, illustrated by Emily Sutton.
“It’s late on Christmas Eve, and a little fir tree is the only one left for sale. What a poor thing I am, the crooked, spindly tree thinks. But along comes a boy who doesn’t seem to mind that the tree is neither tall nor straight, and it becomes an unforgettable Christmas for both of them.”
It’s a beautiful, heartwarming story illustrated in a style reminiscent of children’s books of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The ending is hopeful but open-ended as well — readers may wonder what becomes of the boy and in this way, it’s a great jumping off point for a conversation about the less fortunate among us not only at Christmastime, but all the year through.
Next, A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers, illustrated by Sam Winston.
“A little girl, a child of books, sails her raft across a sea of words and arrives at the house of a young boy. She invites him to go away with her on an adventure into the world of stories … where, with only a little imagination, anything at all can happen.”
The story and the illustrations in A Child of Books evoke the magic of reading and the power (and fun!) of storytelling. It’s a keepsake book both young and young-at-heart readers will love.
And finally our favourite (which I’ve been thrilled to see my guy reading over and over): We Found A Hat by Jon Klassen.
“Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat.”
It’s a simple story — the third and final in a series — with Jon’s trademark deadpan humour and incredible ability to evoke emotion in the smallest details. How will the two turtles solve their conundrum? The answer may surprise you. And make you laugh along the way. (I love LOVE this book!)
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The giveaway is open to Canadian residents 18+ and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on January 7, 2017. The potential winner must respond to prize notification within 48 hours, including the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another winner will be selected.
Update January 8, 2016: Congratulations Janette V!
Penguin Random House Canada sent me all three books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.