Hey guys: sorry for the radio silence. There is much to much to do and so little time. And I am preparing a last minute-due-immediately write-up of the best picture books of 2010, which will be published next week, so a lot of my wit and wisdom is being directed there. The blog is an afterthought, I am sorry to say.
Here is a round up of my favorite Christmas reviews. You've still got plent of time to pick these and other titles from the Little Lamb Bookshop. These are what I consider to be essentials.
Lizbeth Zwerger has amazingly beautiful Christmas stories, including The Night Before Christmas (above), The Nutcracker, and The Gift of the Magi. Find reviews here. And don't shy away from giving your kids The Gift of the Magi. I didn't understand it as a child, but it stuck, somehow, and not that I understand it (somewhat) is has not lost its power to captivate me.
Christopher Wormell's papercut biblical books are among the best, illustration wise. They are also beautifully bound--a real treasure under the Christmas tree. This is Through The Animal's Eyes.
I was going to buy my Father Amahl and the Night Visitors DVD for Christmas, but he discovered it two weeks ago and bought it for himself (he really is the worst to buy presents for!) I know he won't appreciate the picture book too much (though he might when he has grandkids), but I think it's lovely.
+ The Gifts by Regina Fackelmayer
+ Santa's Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki
+ Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey by Robert Byrd
+ ANYTHING by Tomie dePaola