Book Review: Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor

Today’s holiday book review is Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor. Here’s what it’s about:

Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

This is one of my favorite Christmas themed books this year. You will fall in love with Fancy Nancy. Not only do you get a great story, but a vocabulary lesson as well. The illustrations are bright and colorful and keep the eye happy. I’m putting this one on the list of must buys for next year.

My Rating: A+

Book Review: The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Today’s holiday book review is The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Here’s what it’s about:

In this spirited reworking of the classic song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Joy has to deal with her first Christmas with a new baby brother—and nothing could be worse. He drools on the ornaments and ruins the presents, he eats all the cookies and smashes the snowmen, and he’s on the verge of taking over the whole holiday. Joy’s patience runs out as the baby’s mishaps pile up. A sweet surprise turns the tables on Joy, who eventually appreciates what her baby brother adds to the holiday.

Fabulous illustrations by Ryan Wood really make the book much more enjoyable. The remaking of the song into a story about a baby’s first Christmas, interfering with his older sister is funny in places. There’s something a little different in this one, which added to my love of the book.

My Grade: A-

Book Review: Deck the Walls: A Wacky Christmas Carol by Erin Dealey

Today’s holiday book review is Deck the Walls: A Wacky Christmas Carol by Erin Dealey. Here’s what it’s about:

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la la. How wonderful the old carol sounds. A vision of warm family gatherings peacefully celebrating the holiday season comes to mind. But wait, this doesn t sound like a peaceful family get-together. What is happening here? Deck the walls with mashed potatoes! Fa la la la la la la la la. Make a snowman with tomatoes. Fa la la la la la la la la. Author Erin Dealey has taken the old holiday classic and turned it on its head. In her riotous, raucous rendition of a family meal gone hilariously awry, you ll find food hockey, vegetable sculptures, crashing dishes, and grown-ups wondering what has gone wrong. From Feed the dog our peas and carrots to Food tastes better when you wear it, readers young and old will never forget this new take on an old holiday carol!

This book will get you laughing and singing Christmas carols. Another fun one with perfect illustrations to match by Nick Ward. This is one I would consider adding to my library.

My Grade: B+

Book Review: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

Today’s holiday book review is A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. Here’s what it’s about:

Taking its place next to Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood on the Modern Library bookshelf is this new and original edition of Capote’s most famous short stories: “A Christmas Memory,” “One Christmas”, and “A Thanksgiving Memory.” All three stories are distinguished by Capote’s delicate interplay of childhood sensibility and recollective vision.

This was the first time I read A Christmas Memory and the other short stories in this collection. I’m a little shocked by that. It’s a book many of us older kids have read in high school English class, although it’s also suitable for middle schoolers.

What wonderful stories these are! Written in the perspective of the main character, Buddy, and based on Capote’s childhood during the Great Depression, it still holds up as entertaining today. Great lessons in human nature, these stories will have you both laughing and crying. This is a collection I could read every holiday season.

My Grade: A-

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