Luke and Eva’s Christmas Picks

Santa usually brings a few books as well as the usual annuals so Luke and Eva have chosen a few books for your delectation, some of which they already own, some of which are on their wish lists (and mine too, if I’m perfectly honest!)

He’s a complex man our Santa, a would-be international man of mystery.  Admit it, you’ve always wondered what he gets up to the other 364 days of the year – well the wait is over and all will be revealed to both young and slightly older, in my own case…

It’s not often I find a book which fires the imagination of both my 7 year old daughter and my 10 year old son but this modern twist on Santa’s secret life has done just that.  Indeed there are a lot of laughs for the Mums and Dads too, I particularly liked this gem -

“I can’t stand mince pies, ” said Santa.

“What? But everyone knows you love mince pies…don’t you?” said Jingle, not quite believing what he was hearing.

“Never have, never will.  I don’t trust them.” said Santa gravely. “They promise mince…and deliver fruit.  They are the liars of the pudding world, and I don’t like liars.”

A rollicking, fun read for all the family to get you into the festive mood and to entertain the little ones while you’re engrossed in endless wrapping…

My daughter has just joined the Brownies and absolutely loves it, including the rather snazzy uniform.  Therefore it was very serendipitous that we discovered this Brownie themed Christmas read recently.  This is the seventh in the Brownies series by Caroline Plaisted but a new one to us and I was delighted to find a new series to engross my daughter, particularly one which does not involve fairies of different hues!

The activities are all very true to life and this is an excellent read for any girl aged 7-9 who is involved in the Brownies.  We’re looking forward to collecting the rest of the series.

Eva and I are ardent Daisy fans right from the early days of Eat Your Peas so this Christmas themed book was guaranteed to please.  As usual it has an accessible print and is filled with wonderful illustrations which makes it an ideal transition from picture books for independent reading – although I do love sharing this at bedtime. 

Daisy’s life is never straightforward and she gets in trouble more often than not, especially when she has her own ideas about how to organise a Christmas Nativity.  She reminds me of a more modern version of Dick King Smith’s  Sophie who had similar entertainment value for Eva.

Highly recommended for independent readers aged 7+ and for bedtime reading.

This one has only recently come to our attention and is at the top of our wish list, I imagine it will be acquired before the week is out!  Whilst we do enjoy the original version of The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore, this looks enticing with its more modern interpretation and inclusion of wit and humour.

Other favourites include -

Do you have any other recommendations to add to our collection?  

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