Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

A Very Hockey ChristmasA Very Hockey Christmas, by Gilles Tibo, 32 pages.
@SPL:  JP Tibo

Two days before Christmas, Nicholas checked his Christmas list one more time. “Dear Santa” it read. “Please send me a hockey jersey, hockey socks, hockey gloves, hockey pads, hockey skates, hockey books….”   

Needless to say, Nicholas adored hockey.

On Christmas Eve, Nicholas was happy to see his grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles arrive to stay overnight. Before falling asleep, he and his cousins had a fun pillow fight.

The next morning, Nicholas excitedly unwrapped one piece of hockey gear after another. But wait! Nothing seemed to fit. The hockey helmet was too big. The shoulder pads were too big. The hockey socks were too long, and the shin pads and the hockey jersey were simply enormous.

What could Nicholas do?

A Very Hockey Christmas scores a definite hit with the clever twist that ends this humorous story to everyone’s satisfaction – as well as the hockey theme and the comical illustrations by Bruno St-Aubin.

Quebec author Gilles Tibo’s Where’s My Hockey Sweater and The Best Goalie Ever are two of the other titles which feature Nicholas and his beloved game of hockey.

** Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years of age.

Dinosaur Vs. SantaDinosaur vs. Santa, by Bob Shea, 28 pages.
@SPL:  JP Shea

Fans of the popular “Dinosaur Vs” picture books will know that Dinosaur is a very energetic, rambunctious youngster.  (In “Dinosaur vs The Library”, he makes a noisy visit to the public library, while “Dinosaur vs School” features Dinosaur’s exuberant preschool debut.)

In the newest episode, “Dinosaur vs Santa”, Dinosaur is preparing for Christmas. There’s lots to do at this time of year, from writing a letter to Santa to making presents for the family and helping to decorate the Christmas tree. Dinosaur is also trying his best to be extra good.

However, on Christmas Eve, Dinosaur can’t sleep, and eventually he does something that no dinosaur should ever do.  He gets up, sneaks downstairs and lies in wait for Santa! 

When he sees the jolly man in the red suit, he flees back to bed in panic. Did Santa see him?  Will he be added to his Naughty List?  Will Santa take back all the presents? 

All ends happily in this laughable, colourful holiday read-aloud. As in the other Dinosaur Vs stories, preschoolers will enjoy chiming in with the continual dinosaur roars.  

Parents, on the other hand, will enjoy the all-too accurate depiction of typical preschool behavior!

** Recommended for ages 2 to 5 years of age.
These reviews are published in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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