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Books – Dec 2009

November, 2009
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Snowy’s Christmas

Snowy the soft white kangaroo is different from his friends. He’s feeling left out and doesn’t want to celebrate the festive season. But then a mysterious stranger in red, complete with Akubra hat, arrives by the billabong and suddenly Snowy’s Christmas is looking up… up and away! Yes, Santa needs help with his sleigh and this plucky little kangaroo could be just the one for the job. This lovely story, with gorgeous illustrations by David Murphy, is all about family, friends and fitting in – and in Snowy’s case, being proud of who we are.

Author: Sally Murphy
Publisher: Random House 
Ages: 4+

santa claus

Santa Claus: The Magical World of Father Christmas

Remember the days when Santa retained an inherent mystery and magical innocence? Nowadays, the fate of this historical figure seems to rest in how many DS games he can cram into his sack. Combining digitized photographs and computer illustrations, children can visit modern day Santa, his mail room, workshop and even his home. They’ll meet Mrs Claus, the elves and reindeer, and will even learn about Santa’s magical snowsuit and the inner workings of his sleigh. Just how does Santa travel around the world delivering presents in one night? Find out in this fun and festive book.

Author: Rod Green
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Ages: 8+

A Christmas Carol

This beautiful, unabridged edition of the Dickens Christmas classic is a must-own for all families – beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist P.J. Lynch, it’s a festive keeper. When Ebenezer Scrooge is besieged by three terrifying spirits – the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come – he is called upon to review the cold and merciless reality of his long and miserable life, and make a commitment to embrace a future of love, light and mercy for those less fortunate then himself. Can the heart of this miserly, penny pinching loner be warmed by festive goodwill?

Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Candlewick 
Ages: 9+

the night before christmas

The Night Before Christmas

Everyone owns some kind of copy of this classic Clement Clarke Moore tale, but renowned paper engineer Sabuda takes things to a whole new level in this amazingly beautiful popup book. Flush with incredible papery pages featuring a belly wobbling Santa, reindeer that gallop out from the page and the most stunning wintery white village double-page spread, this book will mesmerise both adults and children alike. The book is interspersed with primary colours, and toggles and flaps that bring movement and joyous surprise to this whimsical story. Break out the gingerbread and make it a family reading.

Author: Robert Sabuda
Publisher: Little Simon
Ages: 4+

the grinch

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

You can’t get more classic than Seuss, and this rollicking tale of a Scrooge-like creature intent on relegating Christmas to the dust pile, is a treat for the entire family. Told in tongue-pleasing rhyme, this wacky story follows the rotten Mr Grinch as he attempts to quash the Christmas merriment of the people of Whoville. On a tree-thieving bender, it’s when the Grinch encounters little Cindy Lou (who busts him stuffing the family Christmas tree up the chimney) that we learn just how far the Grinch will go. Can the inherent festive spirit of the Whos allow the Grinch redemption?

Author: Dr Seuss
Publisher: Random House
Ages: 7+

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