25 Days – Book 3: Babar And Father Christmas

Day 3 of our advent list includes a story from 1940 by Jean de Brunhoff, Babar and Father Christmas. As with all Babar stories, this one is a little odd, but still quite entertaining.

In this tale, Zephir the monkey discovers and tells Babar’s children about Father Christmas who visits Man’s country and brings toys to little boys and girls. The children are excited at the possibility and write to ask Father Christmas to visit Elephant country. When the lack of response discourages them, Babar learns of it and decides to search for Father Christmas himself and extend a personal invitation to him. Read the full post…

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree Movie With The Muppets!

Just had to share this. Because I love Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree so much, I was shocked to discover that I had never heard of this Muppet version of the story. With Robert Downey Jr. and Leslie Nielsen alongside Kermit and other crazy Muppets… pure genius. It really is a great time. Unfortunately I couldn’t find it anywhere except YouTube. Not even the library had it! So, we watched the not-so-great quality of this video and enjoyed it nonetheless.

Perhaps I’ll purchase the real thing sometime for future enjoyment.

(I do have to say I was a little annoyed that they changed the story a bit (owls instead of foxes and rabbits!), but I understand why and can appreciate it as its own thing. I’m just such a book purest!)

25 Days – Book 2: Olive, The Other Reindeer

Today we visit a fun pop-up book by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh, Olive, the Other Reindeer. It was originally created in 1997, but this deluxe version came out in 2007. And what fun it is!

What kid doesn’t love singing Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer…? And I’m guessing most people have experienced the circumstance where a child (or adult!) misunderstands a lyric. Well, now you understand dear Olive, who just so happens to be a dog who misheard the song lyrics and decided to report to Santa as a reindeer ready for action. Read the full post…

25 Days – Book 1: Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

First up on our Christmas children’s book advent list is this charming classic by Robert Barry, Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, from 1963.

This is a dear favorite of mine that I discovered a few years ago. It all begins with a rich old man, Mr. Willowby who acquires the biggest Christmas tree he had ever seen. Read the full post…

25 Days Of Children’s Books For Christmas!

Oh boy, do I have a series for you! Now, I can’t take credit for the book advent idea. I read about it several years ago and I deeply apologize that I don’t remember where I first heard about it. But, if you aren’t familiar with the concept, this is a sort of advent calendar where you open and read a different Christmas book each night.

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Book Review: Balloons Over Broadway By Melissa Sweet

Balloons Over Broadway
Written & Illustrated by Melissa Sweet | 2011

This book review is sadly overdue. I had it mostly ready with pictures and all, and then we had a death in the family and our holiday looked different than anticipated. But I still wish to highlight this book as it is so fun and can be loved anytime, even though it is about the Thanksgiving Day parade. Balloons Over Broadway is a condensed illustrated history about Anthony “Tony” Sarg, and how he came to be the creator/puppeteer of the gigantic balloons of Macy’s parade. Read the full post…

Thanksgiving Storytime Tomorrow!

Local Knoxvillians, don’t miss a Thanksgiving storytime tomorrow at 11am at Union Ave Books! We’ll be reading Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet which gives the fun story behind the big balloons in the Macy’s parade. We’ll also hopefully be reading the Devlins Cranberry Thanksgiving which is a marvelous vintage classic about a cranberry bread recipe and an attempted theft! See you there!

Book Review: The Monsters’ Monster By Patrick McDonnell

The Monsters’ Monster
Written and Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell | 2012

Today’s book review is a brand-spanking new book by Patrick McDonnell. This is a little later than I anticipated, but I feel it should still be highlighted as I really like it! I’m not a big fan of Halloween. However, I recognize that a lot of people enjoy this holiday and I do like to highlight books that I actually like and fit well with this theme. So, from the marvelous creator of the MUTTS comic strip, and many other lovely picture books, comes this new tale about The Monsters’ Monster. Read the full post…