With the Christmas holidays fast approaching here are 4 books, a game, and 2 surprises worth checking out.
“This picture book with no pictures knows a thing or two about both books and kid-friendly comedy . . . Once children get the joke, they’ll want to play it on as many of their grownups as possible.”— The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
This book for 5 – 8 year olds has a 4.7 stars on Amazon.
Ths game won the ASTRA Best Toys for Kids 2015 award (Game Play 6+ Years). The suggested age range is 6-15.
“It’s a compelling and suspenseful story that has a wonderful ending. It makes van Gogh’s paintings even more memorable.
“This is the first book I’ve read where the illustrations are storied instead of the story being illustrated. It’s a fun twist! It’s also one of the few stories where the illustrations are presented from a first-person perspective….It adds a depth of imagination that I’m not used to in picture books. I can’t think of any other picture book doing this — it’s wonderful!”
—The Picture Book Review (thepicturebookreview.com/)
Who would have thought? A placemat that looks like a picture frame so you can arrange your food into a work of art. It is a 48 pad set.
This book by R. J. Palacio is a N.Y. Times and Amazon best seller for 8 – 12 year olds.
“Wonder is a rare gem of a novel–beautifully written and populated by characters who linger in your memory and heart. August Pullman is a 10-year-old boy who likes Star Wars and Xbox, ordinary except for his jarring facial anomalies. Homeschooled all his life, August heads to public school for fifth grade and he is not the only one changed by the experience–something we learn about first-hand through the narratives of those who orbit his world. August’s internal dialogue and interactions with students and family ring true, and though remarkably courageous he comes across as a sweet, funny boy who wants the same things others want: friendship, understanding, and the freedom to be himself. “It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Amazon “best Book” review.
I would not usually think of a box of postcards as a gift, but if you want to enhance a child’s imagination how better to have children dream and (hopefully) mark the places they have visited. And you do not have to stop with just the parks. There are sets of cards from all around America, from Europe, and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Norton Juster’s hilarious book illustrated by Jules Feiffer is such a classic I cannot say enough good things about it! If you’re not already familiar with it, check it out.
© 2015 by Ted Macaluso