Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Christmas

Stars: ★★★★☆ Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing (2012)443 pagesSelf-Help/Motivational & Inspirational Summary: Share the magic and joy of Christmas. You’ll love these entertaining an inspirational stories of Christmas miracles, family reunions, charity, the wonder of children, the joy of giving, and heart-warming family and religious traditions.  – back of book Another great compilation of… Read More »

Hanukkah Stories: Thoughts on Family, Celebration and Joy by Nancy Rips (Hanukkah Gift Guide 2011)

This review is linked in my Hanukkah Gift Guide 2011 Stars: ***** My family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah but since we aren’t actively Jewish I feel we miss part of the real celebration. The first part of the book made me feel like I was part of a Jewish household that solely celebrates Hanukkah and goes… Read More »

You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs

Stars: **** St. Martin’s Press (2009)224 pages Summary: You’ve eaten too much candy at Christmas…but have you ever eaten the face off a six-foot-stuffed Santa? You’ve seen gingerbread houses…but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You’ve woken up with a hangover…but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs… Read More »

The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene

Stars: **** Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (September 2009) 978-1402230967 Ages 4-8 32 pages Everyone loves the 12 Days of Christmas well here is the 13 Days of Halloween. For each of the first 12 days the male creature gives the female creature a “gift” such as hissing cats, cooked worms, spiders, goblins and more. Now you can… Read More »

Boo! by Robert Munsch

Stars: ****1/2 I love Robert Munsch but had no idea he had a Halloween book! Did you? Boo is the story of a boy named Lance who paints his face for Halloween and makes is so scary that people fall right over when they see it (faint.) When that happens he can take all their… Read More »

Halloween Books

Halloween Books for Kids Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson Stars: ***** A superb toddler Halloween book that shows that there is nothing to be scared of on Halloween. A possibly scary sound or sight is mentioned, then what it really is along with the sentence, “Not so scary after all.” For example rustling is… Read More »

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

Stars: ****1/2 I watch The Halloween Tree cartoon every year and thought it was about time I read the book. Synopsis: On Halloween night, eight boys run to meet their friend Pipkin at a haunted house outside town. Instead they find the big and deathly Mr. Moundshroud. Pipkin is swept away by a dark something… Read More »