I hope your Christmas includes giving – and receiving – a book or two dozen. Here are a few more for you to enjoy.
Elisapee and her Baby Seagull
Elisapee and her Baby Seagull by Nancy Mike ($16.95, Inhabit Media) follows the story of Elisapee, who raises a baby seagull she names Nau her father brings home. She gathers krill from the ocean for Nau to eat, teaches it to fly and watches as it flies all over town, eventually learning how to say goodbye. A cute story with wonderful illustrations including the inclusion of the Northern lights, the ocean and the snow. Inhabit Media is an Inuit-owned publishing company that preserves and promotes the stories and talent of Inuit and northern Canada.
What’s My Superpower?
What’s My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnston ($16.95, Inhabit Media) follows the story of Nalvana who discovers each of her friends have superpowers – holding his breath for a longest time under water, building inuksuks and snow sculptures and flying – albeit a short distance when jumping from a swing– but wonders if she will be the only kid in town without one. The story was nice – I guessed Nalvana’s super power – and I like the fact there was an Inuktitut glossary and pronunciation guide at the end, although I often feel that should be at the beginning.
Days with Dad
Days with Dad by Nori Hong ($24.50, PGCBooks, Enchanted Lion Books) is based on Hong’s experience growing up with a dad who uses a wheelchair. The dad is offering constant apologies that he can’t take his daughter skiing or jump in puddles. It’s the daughter who tells her dad that she prefers to drink his hot cocoa or draw beside him. It’s a nice story, but I found it annoying that the dad kept apologizing for what he couldn’t do while the daughter kept reminding him of what he could do or what she enjoyed doing with him instead.
Horses Wild & Tame
I have never been a horse fan. I wasn’t one of those girls who had pictures of horses on her wall or dreamed about owning a horse or dozen. I have ridden horses multiple times, but truth be told, I find them rather big and frightening, likely because I have heard too many stories of friends being thrown or stepped on by said creatures. I am good with them behind a fence.
Horses Wild & Tame by Iris Volant ($28.95, PGC Books, Nobrow Press) is a perfect book for horse lovers, offering information about these creatures from prehistoric days where it evolved from a small, dog-sized mammal to war and working horses. There are famous horses listed, including Seabiscuit, and some horse care information.
The 30th anniversary edition Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (Raincoast Books, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children) is a beautiful illustrated picture book. Just the title of the book reminds me of the 1990s movie, which I still refuse to watch. This book is much less terrifying than the movie and I love the fact the illustrations are in black and white. The story itself is long, lots of words on each page, which doesn’t appeal to me in picture book form. There is also a bonus audio read by Robin Williams.
Morris Wants More
Morris Wants More by Joshua Seigal ($20.50, PGCBooks, Nobrow Press) is a book about Morris, a spoiled brat in the lines of Dudley Dursley, who gets a present each day of the 12 days of Christmas. The presents start out small, growing larger and more humongous as Morris, an unlikable little boy, tells his ridiculous parents the presents aren’t big enough until finally, on the 12th day, he – and the reader – get quite the surprise. I am not a fan of the story, nor the illustrations, and I obviously don’t like Morris or his parents.
School Day by Carolyn J. Morris (Railfence Books) tells the story of Chick and Duckling who stow away in a backpack and go to kindergarten. I love the illustrations and the day of fun the two birds had including taking the bus, making music and learning French. I know the book is for little ones, but I could have gone without the line “a, b, c, I can read; 1,2, 3, we’re up to speed yippee” that followed each part of Chick and Duckling’s day. I actually stopped reading that line and just stuck with the story, which was pretty cute.
Snow Scene by Richard Jackson ($24.99, Raincoast Books, Roaring Brook Press) offers you a small look at something – an closeup of a birch tree or the edge of frosty hair. The book takes us from winter, spring and summer through rhyme and oil paintings. It was fun to guess the clues and look at the creatures of each season.
Thunder Horse by Eve Bunting ($24.99, Raincoast Books, Roaring Press Book) tells the story of a little girl whose aunt brings her a miniature horse, no bigger than a puppy, from a Greek island. The aunt warns the niece the horse is a magical creature that will change and then will want to leave. The little girl loves the little horse with all her heart, accepting the changes, including when it grows wings, but constantly worries about when Pegasus will leave here. The story and illustrations are beautiful – and magical.
A copy of these books were provided by Raincoast Books, PGC Books, Railfence Books and Inhabit Media for an honest review. The opinions are my own.