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Ten MORE Books About Christmas

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Frozen Olaf's Night Before Christmas by Disney Book Group Now I am not one to read many books based on characters in movies or television - to be honest I don’t find them well-written or will good stories. But I really enjoyed this Frozen take on The Night Before Christmas.  If you have an Olaf fan (or Elsa or Anna) in your house, this is a great book to have! I got it from the library, but if you were to buy a copy it comes with a CD of the audio by Josh Gad.  Even just reading the story I could hear his voice.  It’s a nice and clever twist on the traditional poem. Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree by Liz Climo Rory the dinosaur is very excited for Christmas and is [...]

Ten Books About Christmas

By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Fox and Squirrel: The Best Christmas Ever by Ruth Ohi Ruth Ohi is a local Torontonian author and illustrator and we love her series about Fox and Squirrel. In this one, the duo are excited for Christmas and Squirrel is determined to make it the best Christmas ever by decorating with green and red.  Fox tries to help him, but Squirrel gets mad (hmmm, similar to how I am decorating our tree with the kids) and tells Fox that he will ruin his decorating.   Squirrel wonders into the forest suddenly finds himself lost. Luckily, Fox followed him.  Squirrel apologizes and they continue to make the best Christmas ever by sharing why they love each other. There is one illustration in particular I love because Ohi has completely captured the light of a freezing cold, winter's day as the sun gets low.  It's my favourite light in winter (and about one of the only parts I actually [...]

Three Books of the Week: Spooky Halloween!

By | October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Little Blue Truck's Halloween by Alice Schertle with pictures by Jill McElmurry Little Blue Truck is a favourite in this house (as I am sure yours too) and last year they came out with this Halloween adventure for Little Blue. Why I like it: It's lift-the-flap so my kids LOVE it (although they fight over who gets to lift-the-flap so that's fun) and I love the cute costumes all the animals are wearing. Zip! Zoom! On A Broom by Teri Sloat with pictures by Rosalinde Bonnet This is a counting book starring 10 creepy witches (on a broom). First we count up as we meet witches soaring high and low, chanting and incanting, and raving and ranting.  Then we count down as the witches have stuffed themselves too tight on a broom. Why I like [...]

Spooky, Creepy, Not-So-Scary Halloween Books 2018

By | October 1st, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage We love Stephen Savage in this house.  His illustrations are bright, simple and striking.  In this counting book, we count ten pumpkins that either get scooped up by a ghost to bake in a pie or wrapped up by a mummy or put into a witch's brew.  Leaving the last pumpkin as a Jack-O-Lantern. Simple, full of creepy Halloween images and fun to read. Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins This is a book about a pumpkin who isn't like the others: he's missing his stump!  As he watches his friends being chosen from the storefront and becoming Jack-O-Lanterns across the street, he wonders if someone will ever choose him.  As Halloween approaches, poor Stumpkin is the last pumpkin.  Before he loses hope, he gets to become the best Jack-O-Lantern [...]

Three Books of the Week: Quirky Fun

By | September 26th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , |

Animobiles: Animals on the Mooove by Maddie Frost What happens when you combine vehicles that go vroom! and animals that say roar!? A creative and quirky book that your kids will love of course! A tiger-striped train takes tiger over grassy fields, parrot-planes fly above treetops, tractor-turtles tread on sand making it safe for little hatchlings, and seal-ships float across the sea dropping their anchors. Why I like it: I just love how funny and creative this book is.  Alice, my youngest, especially loves this book and giggles at the idea of monkeys on mopeds.  What kid doesn't love vehicles and animals? You Must Bring a Hat! by Simon Philip with pictures by Kate Hindley This is one of those books that make me wish my brain worked like Philip's.  I mean how do people come up with [...]