Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Candlewick Christmas books: "Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of Christmas" & "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" [Review & Giveaway USA/CANADA]

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore & illustrations by P.J. Lynch

My thoughts: 
The traditional text that is "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" is again retold with all it's charm. The cadence in the telling of the mystery that is the visit of Santa, is captured in the artistry of P. J. Lynch whose renderings are evocative of classic and timelessness revelations of the period in which this beloved traditional poem was first written.

Swaths of blues, black, browns, greys wash over the pages; and under these shadows of the night, the story's characters enact the story. The kids in their bed (shown three to a bed as might often have been the way things were done in Clement Moore's time), mice asleep behind the walls with their nest of clutter, reindeer barely visible in the night sky.

Beautiful detail in the illustrations are softly rendered and worth seeking out under the wash of darkness that bespeaks night.

For those who love new versions and editions of Mr. Moore's famous Christmas time poem, you might want to have your copy of this one, too. A lovely book.

About the book: The classic Christmas verse in an elegant new gift edition--breathtakingly illustrated by P.J. Lynch.

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house . . .

P.J. Lynch brings his rich and atmospheric art to the well-loved holiday poem. Children will pore over every cozy detail in these warm, sweeping watercolor illustrations--from snug mice to stockings hung by the chimney with care to toys in the bundle flung over merry St. Nicholas's back. A glowing interpretation of a favorite read-aloud, this is a keepsake volume to cherish and return to year after year

Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of Christmas by Mark Lee & illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

My thoughts: 
Little boys (well, girls too) love trucks. And in today's world we all know the importance of trucks carrying our treasures, our food, aiding in building and construction. 

In this book the whole town is working together to decorate for Christmas and trucks bring the different items for the decorations to the center of town. All is going well, all working together, until a mishap occurs and the star being placed atop the huge town Christmas tree falls.

This is a cute book and all the trucks will delight toddlers.

About the book: Add a big dose of Christmas cheer to an array of trucks for counting and you have the components of read-aloud holiday magic.

One doughnut truck, on a cold winter day, drives into town and parks and stays.

The snowy town is filling up with a procession of trucks of all shapes and sizes, including a snowplow, a crane, a digger, a semitrailer transporting the town's majestic Christmas tree, and even a flatbed carrying Santa's sleigh. All in all, twenty trucks roll in full of sparkle and anticipation, ready to set up the holiday festivities. But when the star being hoisted to the top of the Christmas tree wobbles and crashes to the ground, what could possibly be used to replace it? Thankfully, a pair of siblings scan the scene and come up with the perfect solution. Author Mark Lee and illustrator Kurt Cyrus team up again for a buoyant story delivering satisfying rhymes, holiday spirit, and most importantly, twenty trucks for counting.

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  2. When I went to Starbucks this morning, I also got a cup of coffee for my neighbor!

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  4. One thing I've been doing is the shopping for the Christmas Shoe Boxes for our church.


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