I usually discuss more adult books but these days, a lot of my reading seems to be done aloud with my daughter so it seems only right that today’s book reviews are of some children’s books.
Thanks Lisa from TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson Publishing and their juvenile imprint, Tommy Books, for providing me with complimentary copies of the following books in order to compete this review. All opinion are mine and my daughter’s.
Night, Night, Angel
Book Title: Night, Night, Angel
Format: Hardback, Board book
Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Page Count: 20
‘Tis the season for joy! Celebrate the family fun and season’s blessings of Christmas with a young arctic fox as your family remembers that Jesus is the best gift of all. Amy
Parker’s delightful rhymes and Virginia Allyn’s sweet illustrations make Night Night, Angel the perfect read-aloud for toddlers and preschoolers enjoying the Christmas season.
Little fox loves all the excitement that Christmas brings to the forest: making creative presents, placing the star on the tree, and making sure she is spotlight-ready for the big Christmas play. But soon she realizes that the perfect gift has already been given through the baby who arrived on the first Christmas night!
As the fourth seasonal title in the hugely successful Night Night bedtime storybook brand, this Christmas board book
- gives families a fun way to say goodnight during the Advent season
- celebrates the special moments of family holiday activities
- gently reminds children that Baby Jesus is the reason for the season
The Christmas theme and sparkling cover make Night Night, Angel perfect for an Advent gift, stocking stuffer, or Christmas morning surprise from parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers, and friends. Your little angel will be ready to snuggle in for the night as together you celebrate the many blessings of Christmas!
We love it! As the parent and the one in charge of reading the rhymes and keeping the beat, I appreciate that the sentences are visual with adjectives scattered throughout to help with our descriptions as we explore the pages, but also alliterative phrases to help keep the ears attuned. I also really love that each page has a simple, repetitive phrase for toddlers to try to imitate and remember the story – Night, night, angel or Night, night, gifts or Night, night, cookies, or Night, night, God. Being able to recall and repeat phrases like these make my daughter feel like she’s reading, an achievement she has been longing for.
I also really love that this has a religious focus so one of those phrases my daughter is now repeating because of this book, is Night, night, Jesus. Isn’t that something!
Book Title: Slothy Claus
Format: Hardback, soft pages
Number of pages: 30
Author: Jodie Shepherd
Illustrator: MacKenzie Haley
What will children do when a sluggish Slothy Claus doesn’t make it to their home in time for Christmas morning? This charming story helps kids learn that Christmas is about more than just presents under the tree.
Slothy Claus has lots of presents for good boys and girls this year, but how is this notoriously lethargic animal supposed to travel all around the world in just one night? You guessed it! Slothy takes his sweet time, and when kids wake up to empty stockings and bare trees, it feels like Christmas is ruined! How will they ever find happiness without their chocolates and toys?
Slothy Claus is equal parts humorous and heartwarming. Children ages 4 to 8 will
- learn that the joy of Christmas doesn’t come from material things but from the love between family and friends
- enjoy the delightfully funny one-of-a-kind artwork
- love the classic rhyme that will fill your own family’s Christmas with love, laughter, and a spirit of giving
Slothy Claus concludes with a summer scene complete with flip flops and a barbecue when Slothy Claus finally flies down in his sleigh to deliver gift after gift–for a special celebration of Christmas in July. With a bright, glittery cover, this fun picture book is the perfect gift for advent or Christmas.
While my daughter is outside of the intended age group of this book (the target demographic is 4 – 8 years old), she has a stuffed Sloth and gets really excited to see a sloth featured in a book. She doesn’t quite understand the story but she loves having it read to her over and over and over, reinforcing the idea of Christmas as well as summer fun. The rhythm in the book is pretty fun too, stretching sentences over pages to keep children’s attention for the transition.
Although this is a derived of the classic Christmas night poem/story, the spin is both engaging and refreshing. I can also see this being a useful tool to teach the idea that even when the one we are waiting for when we expect, He will come!
High praises for both Slothy Claus and Night, night, Angel and I highly recommend putting both titles on your gift list for the kiddos in your life.