An Elk Dropped in by Andreas Steinhöfel

This is why libraries and bookstores have special sections, tables, endcaps, etc. I was running into the library to pick up a book I had reserved when An Elk Dropped in caught my eye.  A quick look and I was intrigued. Here is the publisher’s blurb: An unexpected visitor makes Christmas special for a little boy. While performing a trial run for Santa Claus – the reindeer are far too dainty and aloof for such risky business – Mr. Moose goes off course and crashes through the...

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Merry Christmas!

Here’s wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!  I hope you found the books you wanted under the tree and you have some time this holiday season to put a dent in the TBR pile. * *Yes, I just needed an excuse to use these social media ornament icons!

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The Wee Christmas Cabin of Carn-na-ween by Ruth Sawyer

Another great book I came across at the library with my kids was The Wee Christmas Cabin of Carn-na-ween. As I love folklore and Christmas this was a perfect story for me.  Here is Publishers Weekly: Readers will want to pull up a creepie (stool) and gather ’round a roaring peat fire to hear every lilting word of Sawyer’s magical and haunting Irish folktale, first published in 1941. Orphan girl Oona, abandoned by her tinker kin, grows into a lonely, ostracized old woman longing for...

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The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket

We made a family trip to the library last weekend and as usual picked up quite a pile of books for the kids to read (and a couple for myself) And also not surprisingly a number of the books had a winter or holiday theme. One book that I grabbed almost as an afterthought, The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemmony snicket, turned out to be one that the whole family enjoyed. Here is the publishers tease: Latkes are potato pancakes served at Hanukkah, and Lemony Snicket is an alleged...

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Mrs. Scrooge by Carol Ann Duffy

I realize it isn’t even Thanksgiving so perhaps I shouldn’t be reviewing Christmas books just yet.  But I thought I would offer a quick take on this slim volume now otherwise I would probably forget to write about it come Christmas. Here is the publisher’s blurb for Mrs. Scrooge: A Christmas Poem by Carol Ann Duffy: With her husband, Ebenezer, now “doornail dead,” the coldest Christmas Eve on record finds Mrs. Scrooge outside the supermarket, protesting...

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