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redstarAGEE, Jon. Little Santa. illus. by author. 40p. Dial. Oct. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3906-2. LC 2012031855.

K-Gr 2–When the cold, harsh environment of the North Pole becomes too much for the Clauses, they decide to move to Florida, though Little Santa will miss playing in the snow. The move is put on hold, however, when a sudden blizzard renders the family snowbound. Shimmying up the chimney to find help, Little Santa meets a friendly flying reindeer and a house full of elves, who merrily assist in the rescue. Having such handy, cheerful friends makes life a lot easier, but the family still heads for Florida the following winter. Little Santa stays behind and the rest is history. The matter-of-fact style of the narrative pairs well with Agee’s signature humorous cartoon illustrations. No doubt this amusing explanation of Santa’s humble beginnings will be enthusiastically received at holiday storytimes.–Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library

redstarKIMMEL, Eric A. Hanukkah Bear. illus. by Mike Wohnoutka. 32p. Holiday House. Oct. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2855-7. ebook available. LC 2012039288.

PreS-Gr 1–Kimmel has pared down his The Chanukkah Guest (Holiday House, 1990) to create this new, reillustrated version for younger readers. Though a bit of the rich language is gone from this much-loved story about 97-year-old Bubba Brayna mistaking a latke-seeking bear for her rabbi, the essence and the humor remain. Bubba Brayna still tries to take the bear’s coat, interprets his “grrrowwws” and “rrrrumphs” as the blessing over the Hanukkah candles, and wipes the jam from his “beard” after he finishes his meal. The book was originally illustrated by Giora Carmi; the new acrylic paintings by Wohnoutka have a warm, mirthful quality. Petite Bubba Brayna is rosy and welcoming toward the large honey brown bear, who is more endearing than menacing. Large textured brushstrokes make the snow on Bubba Brayna’s roof look like frosting, while inside her cozy house everything has a golden glow. Successful on every level, this holiday favorite is sure to be popular with anyone who appreciates a little humor with their holidays.–Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library


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BALSLEY, Tilda. ABC Hanukkah Hunt. illus. by Helen Poole. 32p. Kar-Ben. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0420-5; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0421-2; ebook $6.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1637-6. LC 2012029187.

BALSLEY, Tilda. Eight Is Great. illus. by Hideko Takahashi. 12p. Kar-Ben. 2013. Board $5.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-6623-2; ebook $4.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0058-0.

BIGGS, Brian. Everything Goes: Santa Goes Everywhere! illus. by author. 24p. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. Oct. 2013. Board $7.99. ISBN 978-0-06-195817-5.

BROWN, Barbara. Hanukkah in Alaska. illus. by Stacey Schuett. 32p. Holt. Oct. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8050-9748-1.

BROYLES, Anne. Arturo and the Navidad Birds. tr. from English by Gust Soanish. illus. by KE Lewis. 32p. Pelican. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4556-1801-9. ebook available. LC 2013014399.

BUTLER, M. Christina. One Special Christmas. illus. by Tina Macnaughton. 32p. Tiger Tales. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-58925-145-8.

CABRERA, Jane,adapt. The 12 Days of Christmas. illus. by adapter. 32p. Holiday House. Oct. 2013. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2870-0. ebook available. LC 2012045824.

CHAPMAN, Jane. Is It Christmas Yet? illus. by author. 32p. Tiger Tales. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-58925-149-6.

DAVIS, David. The Southern Twelve Days of Christmas. illus. by Candace Camling. 32p. Pelican. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4556-1773-9; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4556-1774-6. LC 2012042269.

DE LAS CASAS, Dianne. The House That Santa Built. illus. by Holly Stone-Barker. 32p. Pelican. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4556-1750-0; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4556-1751-7. LC 2012036949.

DEALEY, Erin. Deck the Walls!: A Wacky Christmas Carol. illus. by Nick Ward. 32p. Sleeping Bear. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-58536-857-0. LC 2013002581.

EUBANK, Patricia Reeder. The Gifts They Gave. illus. by author. 24p. Sterling. 2013. RTE $9.95. ISBN 978-1-4549-0508-0.

EVERT, Lori. The Christmas Wish. photos by Per Breiehagen. 48p. Random. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-449-81681-3; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 978-0-375-97173-0; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98156-2. LC 2012035529.

The Family Christmas Treasury: Tales of Anticipation, Celebration, and Joy. illus. by H. A. Rey, et. al. 288p. w/CD. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2013. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-544-09249-5.

FARLEY, Robin. Mia’s Nutcracker Ballet. illus. by Olga Ivanov. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. Oct. 2013. Tr $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-223830-6. LC 2012955956.

GOLDMAN, Dara. Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift. illus. by author. 32p. Sleeping Bear. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-58536-859-4. LC 2013002578. ebook available.

GOODINGS, Christina. Peek and Play Christmas Story. illus. by Siobhan Harrison. 10p. Trafalgar Square. 2013. Board $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7459-6261-0.

GREENE, Stephanie. Princess Posey and the Christmas Magic. illus. by Stephanie Roth Sisson. 96p. Putnam. Oct. 2013. Tr $13.99. ISBN 978-0-399-16363-0; pap. $4.99. ISBN 978-0-14-242734-7. LC 2012046089.

GRIFFITH, Gretchen. When Christmas Feels Like Home. illus. by Carolina Farias. 32p. Albert Whitman. Oct. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8075-8872-7.

GROGAN, John. Marley’s Christmas Pageant. illus. by Richard Cowdrey. 16p. HarperCollins/HarperFestival. Oct. 2013. pap. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-06-185382-1. LC 2012955878.

HARRY, Rebecca. Snow Bunny’s Christmas Wish. illus. by author. 32p. Scholastic/Orchard. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-54103-9.

HUESTON, M. P. Christmas Eve with Mrs. Claus. illus. by Teri Weidner. 16p. Sterling. Oct. 2013. Board $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4027-7736-3.

JEFFERS, Susan. The Twelve Days of Christmas. illus. by author. 40p. HarperCollins/Harper. Oct. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-206615-2.

KEOGH, Josie. Christmas/Navidad. ISBN 978-1-4488-9968-5. LC 2012022323.

––––.Hanukkah/Janucá. ISBN 978-1-4488-9969-2. LC 2012022317.

ea vol: tr. from English by Eduardo Alamán. 24p. (PowerKids Readers: Happy Holidays!/¡Felices fiestas! Series). glossary. index. photos. websites. Rosen/PowerKids Pr. 2013. lib. ed. $22.60. ebook available.

KORNGOLD, Jamie. Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah. illus. by Julie Fortenberry. 24p. Kar-Ben. 2013. RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-6493-1; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-6495-5; ebook $6.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0051-1. LC 2011029042.

LUCADO, Max. Itsy Bitsy Christmas. illus. by Bruno Merz. 32p. Thomas Nelson. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-1-4003-2262-6. LC 2013001047.

MCANULTY, Stacy. Dear Santasaurus. illus. by Jef Kaminsky. 32p. Boyds Mills. Oct. 2013. RTE $15.95. ISBN 978-1-59078-876-9. LC 2013931087.

MACDONALD, Maryann. The Christmas Cat. illus. by Amy June Bates. 32p. Dial. Oct. 2013. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3498-2. LC 2012005716.

MODUGNO, Maria. Santa Claus and the Three Bears. illus. by Jane Dyer. 40p. HarperCollins/Harper. Oct. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-170023-1.

MOORE, Clement C. The Night Before Christmas. illus. by Holly Hobbie. 40p. Little, Brown. Oct. 2013. Tr $18. ISBN 978-0-316-07018-8. LC 2012049185.

MORTIMER, Anne. Christmas Mouse. illus. by author. 24p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. Oct. 2013. Tr $12.99. ISBN 978-0-06-208928-1.

PIPER, Sophie, retel. The Child of Christmas. illus. by Sophy Williams. 32p. Trafalgar Square. 2013. Tr $8.99. ISBN 978-0-7459-6291-7.

PITCHFORD, Dean. Nickel Bay Nick. 272p. Putnam. Oct. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25465-9. LC 2012048972.

REYNOLDS, Peter H. The Smallest Gift of Christmas. illus. by author. 40p. Candlewick. 2013. RTE $14. ISBN 978-0-7636-6103-8. LC 2012947753.

SINGER, Marilyn. Tallulah’s Nutcracker. illus. by Alexandra Boiger. 48p. Clarion. Oct. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-84557-9. LC 2012034744.

STANTON, Melissa. My Pen Pal, Santa. illus. by Jennifer A. Bell. 32p. Random. 2013. Tr $9.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86992-1; lib. ed. $12.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96992-8; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98625-3. LC 2012042911.

SUTTON, Jane. Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster. illus. by Andy Rowland. 32p. Kar-Ben. 2013. RTE $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-9043-5; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-0-7613-9044-2; ebook $6.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1638-3. LC 2012029131.

Toddler Christmas: Activities, Games, and Stories for Excited Toddlers! illus. by Katie Saunders. 48p. Barron’s. Oct. 2013. Tr $9.99. ISBN 978-0-7641-6631-0. LC 2013933054.

VISCHER, Frans. A Very Fuddles Christmas. illus. by author. 32p. S & S/Aladdin. Oct. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-9156-4; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-3511-7.

WOHL, Lauren L.The Eighth Menorah. illus. by Laura Hughes. 32p. Albert Whitman. Oct. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8075-1892-2. LC 2013005188.

YOUNG, Ned. Zoomer’s Out-of-This-World Christmas. illus. by author. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. Oct. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-199959-8.

 

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