Saturday, December 16, 2017

Kid Konnection: Tis the Season Books

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week I'm going to share with you a two cute picture books that are perfect for this time of year!

Summary: In this third book in the Space Boy trilogy, Niko and his trusty dog, Tag, blast off on another outer-space adventure, when suddenly Niko’s robot copilot is captured by a snow monster (who looks an awful lot like Niko’s annoying sister, Posh). When they reach Planet Ice, Tag is captured by the snow monster as well, leaving Niko to save them both. After defeating a killer bunny and the snow monster’s army of snowmen, Niko and his crew race back to Planet Home, just in time for cocoa. lllustrated in comic-book style and featuring easy-to-read text packed with humor, Space Boy and the Snow Monster is both a thrilling adventure and a celebration of the power of pretend play. -- Boyds Mills Press

SPACE BOY AND THE SNOW MONSTER by Dian Curtis Regan and illustrated by Robert Neubecker was a perfect read for me this week -- we got hit with two tiny snowstorms! This picture book features Niko and and his trusty dog Tag and it's pretty darn adorable. It's the third book in the Space Boy series, and I think they are gathering quite the fan base.

In SPACE BOY AND THE SNOW MONSTER, Niko and Tag head out in the snow only to discover that their spaceship is covered in snow and being threatened by a Snow Monster... who just happens to resemble Niko's sister. Niko fears that his copilot has been captured and taken to Planet Ice by the Snow Monster.

When Niko reaches Planet Ice, he learns that Tag has been captured too; and he must fight to the bitter end to save his friends. He defeats a bunny and even the Snow Monster's army before returning home for a warm cup of hot chocolate.

SPACE BOY AND THE SNOW MONSTER is a very cute book that takes readers on a fun "space" adventure. The picture book is in the form of a comic book, and the illustrations are adorable. I also liked that the book has a lot of humor incorporated into the story. However, my absolute favorite part of the story was how it celebrated imagination and make-believe!

Highly recommended for kids with active imaginations!

Summary: A Parents gift guide pick for 2017!

Which elf will build the coolest sleigh for the Christmas ride? SANTA will decide!

When the elves discover that Santa’s sleigh is in a terrible state, they let their imaginations go wild—and soon there are sleighs of every kind, inspired by big rigs, motorcycles, zeppelins, and much more!

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and the celebrated illustrator of Michael Chabon’s The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man team up for spirited vehicular silliness and classic Christmas cheer in this turbo-charged read-aloud destined to become a holiday classic. -- Chronicle Books

THE 12 SLEIGHS OF CHRISTMAS by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Jake Parker is my new favorite Christmas picture book. This book has amazing illustrations as well as a fantastic story that's certain to entertain everyone in the house this holiday season.

In THE 12 SLEIGHS OF CHRISTMAS, Santa and his elves are getting ready for Christmas. The elves set out to get Santa's sleigh ready when they discover that it's in a sad state. After a bit of panic, they decide to get busy and repair the sleigh... until they get a better idea. They don't have to fix Santa's old sleigh -- they can make a new one that's better!

Well, the elf mechanics start talking about how they can make the sleigh better, and they end up making a bet. Twelve teams are formed and they have a contest for which team can build the coolest sleigh!

And what fantastic sleighs the elf mechanics make! The various sleighs are based on big trucks, fast cars, motorcycles... and they are pretty awesome. But while Santa finds them all cool, not one of them seem exactly right. Good thing one little elf thought of everything and saved the day!

I loved THE 12 SLEIGHS OF CHRISTMAS. The book is absolutely adorable and fans of construction vehicles are going to love it. It has such a cute premise, and the illustrations of these amazing sleighs are the perfect complement to the story. I especially appreciated that the text was rhyming, and that the story was extremely funny!

I couldn't agree more with the end of the publisher's description! The 12 SLEIGHS OF CHRISTMAS  is sure to become a new holiday classic!

Thanks to Blue Slip Media and the publisher for providing review copies of these books.

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1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

Space Boy is great for kids with an active imagination. The 12 Sleighs of Christmas sounds like one a family could enjoy year after year.