julia's christmas books

January 14, 2015

Hey friends! Thought we'd start meandering our way though some of the new books that arrived in our house this past holiday season.  Let's start with what Julia received. There's another one that came for me her, but it's a vintage fairy tale book that deserves its own post.

1) 'Ever After High - Once Upon a Time - A Story Collection' by Shannon Hale. Oh how my kiddo loooooooves the 'Ever After High' series. She's read all of the others. Actually 'read' probably isn't the correct word choice - 'inhaled' would be a better descriptor.  So I knew she would adore this one ~ it's a collection of short stories following the further at-home adventures of the characters. She loved it. She sat down with the book and basically didn't get up until it was done.

2) 'Winterfrost' by Michelle Houts - yes this one again. It was on a Friday post a few weeks back, if you want to see more description about it. A winter land, a girl, a lost sibling, and little Scandinavian elves. There was no way this wasn't coming to live in our home.

3) I find books in obscure ways, sometimes. Often, I'll see books in photos on other blogs, just lying there in passing and I'm like, wait, that looks really good. So I'll go search it out. I saw 'Ariol' on my friend Darcy's blog and I did a quick double take - oh HELLO Mr. Marc Boutevant, one of my favorite illustrators! I got #1 in this originally-published-in-France series, 'Just a Donkey Like You and Me' - these are small sized graphic novels written by Emmanuel Guibert, and the description on Amazon was enough to sell me on the whole deal:

"Ariol is your everyday tween donkey. He lives in the suburbs with his mom and dad. His best friend is a pig. He’s in love with a beautiful cow in his class. His teacher is a dog. His gym teacher is a huge rooster. In short, Ariol is just like you and me."

These stories about Surviving the World of Your School Classmates are great fun for ages 7-10. Here's a set of the first three books.

4) And lastly, Santa brought a colorful and over-sized picturebook called 'There's a Princess in the Palace' by Zoe B. Alley and R.W. Alley. At first I thought, nah, Julia's way too old (SADNESS) for a fairytale picturebook. But then I looked through it, and realized that this book is a big comic style rendition of favorite fairy tales redone in a really sly and humorous fashion - the whole thing reads like a comic or graphic novel, and there jokes and clever asides throughout. It's really funny and you would need to be a somewhat bigger kid to get all the humor. Your 4 old isn't really going to get all the jokes, but don't let that stop you, it's really great for a wide span of ages. It's fun and large sized, so it's an especially cute book to give as a gift.

Next week, we'll start sorting through what I've been reading - I've been on a huge book tear, I haven't read so much in many many moons - I just wasn't finding the time to find books I wanted to read, and I finally did and it's been really great. Reading is so awesome, WHO KNEW???


  1. Freya LOVES those Ariol books, her teacher recommended them and now she can't stop reading. I hope Julia likes them too!

    1. She loooooved the first one, Darcy! Going to try and find the other books in the series at the library :)

  2. Ariol looks awesome! I think Little Sis will like the Ever After High books when she's ready for them. She loves the dolls and web series, and she has identified Shannon Hale as the author of The Princess in Black.

    1. We never read Princess in Black and it looks sooooooooo awesome! omigolly how I wish wish wish 'they' would make more of the TV show - There aren't that many episodes and Julia has watched them all nineteen million times :)

  3. I love the princess book idea because even though my 4 year old won't get all the jokes, I will (I hope!). Love these lists and can't wait for them.

    1. I meant to say, but I was too tired from doggy daycare duties :) - this book would be fun for a wide span of ages, and most definitely the kinder and preschool crowd would have fun with the fairy tales and the art - just bits of the funny will be most appealing to the parents and older kids!

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    1. Julia's reading another book at the moment, and I think I'm going to sneak it from her and read it real speedy quick myself before she wants it :)


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