Books, books, we love books!

Raincoast 1   There are so many books out there, one hardly knows where to start and what to read next! Raincoast Books provides lots of options for you. They sent me a lovely package of books to read to my kids and, as per usual, the kids thoroughly enjoyed them!

This group of books are all based on the holidays and, in case I haven’t mentioned it enough times yet, I love authors and illustrators! Well, actually, true to be told, I’m a teeny bit jealous! I only wish I could draw more than a stick man – but even my stick men are a little sad! And I wish I could write stories, but I just don’t have them in my head! I never was able to tell stories to my kids at bedtime, though they did ask! Didn’t take them long to stop asking! Wonder why?! I never cease to be amazed at how authors can bring a story from start to finish, maybe even making me cry along the way. And then illustrators – they bring that story to life on the pages! When are adult books going to be illustrated??

Here are the books I was sent and a little synopsis of each so you can decide whether it’s one you’d like to read or not.

The Knights Before Christmas – Written by Joan Holub – Illustrated by Scott Magoon

This book is a really cute “parody” of “Twas the Night before Christmas”. The storyline is unique and the illustrations are great. My kids enjoyed looking around the pictures to see all that was going on and were guessing what would happen next. This is a really fun book to read aloud to the kids as it all rhymes. 🙂 As an adult, I appreciated the parody side of it more than the kids did, it is rather comical.

Oskar and the Eight Blessings – Written by Richard & Tanya Simon – Illustrated by Mark SiegelRaincoast 2

Some stories are just sweet and tug at your heart strings. This is one of them. Oskar has come to America all by himself and is headed to find his Aunt, of whom he only has an address and a picture. He is reminded by his Father that people can be good and to look for the good. Isn’t that what we all need to be reminded of? Along his journey to his Aunt’s house, he experiences the kind hand of strangers, each providing what he needs without him asking. This book is illustrated in a different way than many others but I really liked it. Most pages had a collage of illustrations, which look to be done in pastels, and really add an “ethereal” quality to the pictures which goes along so well with the book. And of course, the happy ending at the end of the book is so sweet.

Raincoast 3Santa is Coming to Canada – Written by Steve Smallman – Illustrated by Robert Dunn & Jim Mitchell

This is a super fun book for us Canadians! And the kids loved it because it’s a fun book to read! I really enjoyed the writing being in different sizes throughout the book. The storyline takes us across Canada as Santa makes his way to the “Great White North” and we see some landmarks along the way. And the youngest reindeer – well he’s just cute! 😉


That’s Good! That’s Bad! On Santa’s Journey – Written by Margery Cuyler – Illustrated by Michael GarlandRaincoast 4

I admire authors and I admire illustrators. This is a story that has a clumsy Santa attempting to do his job. The illustrations are *perfect* for the tone of the story – as it’s a comical story about all of Santa’s oopsies along his journey. The illustrations add to the comic effect with eye-popping elves and reindeer, a sideways-Santa-stuck-in-a-chimney, and poor Santa’s teeth flying out during yet another clumsy move. My kids get such a kick out of stories like this when you never know what’s going to happen next. Especially when you think Santa has finally gotten a break, only to find out that something else has gone wrong! I also really enjoyed the “sound effects” that were part of the story – so much more fun to read a book when you get to add sound effects!!!

I hope you enjoy these books as much as our family did! It’s always fun to see the kids’ reactions as each story unfolds.  And I love it when they start guessing what will happen next and when they giggle when they see what does!

Keep an eye out for a soon-to-be-told story about another set of items from Raincoast Books that includes a fun giveaway!  And did I mention that they are a Canadian company?  Love that!

To see what other books Raincoast Books offers, please head to their website, or check them out on Facebook or Twitter!

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  1. We love reading books as a family, will have to check these out.

  2. Anne Taylor says:

    These books all look great! I’m loving reading to my new grandkids!

  3. These all look really great!

  4. My son would enjoy The Knights Before Christmas! He loves little rhyming books! These all look fun.

  5. These all look like great books.

  6. Some fun new Christmas books! I especially like The Knights before Christmas!

  7. They all look good but I like the The Knights Before Christmas

  8. WE go to the library every other day to get new books because my son loves to read!

  9. These all sound like great books, we are all book lovers in this house!

  10. Jamie hall says:

    Sounds like wonderful books

  11. Santa is Coming to Canada! looks fun too!

  12. I always make sure there are some books under the tree. Great choices here – The Knights Before Christmas is really cute!

  13. Debbie Bashford says:

    we love to read some great books for Santa to leave

  14. Looks like some great books for the holidays!! I am adding a few to our wish list 🙂

  15. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    These all sound like great books for children for Christmas. I’m an avid reader myself and love to encourage my grandchildren to read. You can learn so much by reading and enter a completely different world too. 🙂

  16. kathy downey says:

    The Knights Before Christmas sounds interesting,must add to my wishlist!

  17. kathy downey says:

    I always buy books for the kids they make the best gifts

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