Thursday, 29 November 2018

A gaggle of truly awesome Christmas titles to add to your Christmas Book Shopping List - courtesy of the fab folk at Nosy Crow

Santa's sack is bulging with amazing Christmas books this year, so before you start adding lots and lots of books to your wish list, we thought we'd show you a huge selection of gorgeous titles from one of our favourite publishers.

Nosy Crow's books are always of the highest quality, with engaging, endearing and enduring characters that will become firm Christmas favourites with your little ones. So let's dig right into that sack and pull out our first book!

"Pip and Posy: The Christmas Tree" by Axel Scheffler is a fabulous new story with everyone's favourite rabbit and mouse.

Pip and Posy are getting into the festive swing of things, and are decorating the Christmas Tree with a ton of lovely christmas decorations.

The only problem is, every time Posy leaves the room there seems to be one less decoration on the tree when she comes back.

It's only when she finds Pip lying on the sofa, looking rather rotund, and groaning about a tummy ache that she realises what's happened. Will Pip learn his lesson? A festive treat and a nice twist of an ending makes this utterly essential for little ones.

"Pip and Posy: The Christmas Tree" by Axel Scheffler is out now, published by Nosy Crow. 

Next in our book sack...

Something for really tiny tinies who may be enjoying their first Christmas.

The ticklishly fun "Where's Santa Claus?" by Ingela P. Arrhenius is beautifully designed to be a sensory experience for tiddlers who love "lift the flap" fun, and there's a mirror tucked into the story as well so they can truly feel part of the story.

Help Santa find all the christmas characters from naughty elves to fuzzy reindeer, and of course the most important christmas character of all - you!

It's a really superb little sturdy book this, perfect as a stocking filler for little ones who love bold bright colours and simple shapes, and lots of interactive elements in their stories.

"Where's Santa Claus?" by Ingela P. Arrhenius is out now, published by Nosy Crow. 

Next up, a rather special moggy indeed!

In "Sammy Claws the Christmas Cat" by Lucy Rowland and Paula Bowles you'll meet Santa's furriest little helper.

Santa's kitten Sammy will sleep absolutely ANYWHERE, and like most cats, that usually leads to trouble.

This time Sammy has ended up sleeping in a box on Christmas Eve - completely unaware that it's a present box.

Before he knows it, Sammy finds himself wrapped up as a Christmas parcel and bundled onto the sleigh with the other presents!


How will Sammy escape? And how will he save the presents from two robbers with plans to steal them all away . . .? A brilliantly exciting Christmas story perfect for cat lovers everywhere, with a truly adorable central character. Blissful!

"Sammy Claws the Christmas Cat" by Lucy Rowland and Paula Bowles is out now, published by Nosy Crow. 

Phew, after all that excitement, what's next?

The next book is a heartfelt and festive story of a lonely little boy and his secret wish - to find a friend. In "The Boy and the Bear" by dream team Tracey Corderoy and Sarah Massini, the lonely little boy receives an invitation to play written on a paper boat!

How mysterious! It seems that he has found the best friend he's been longing for - at last!

But Bear isn't quite the playmate the boy had imagined. If only he knew how to play games properly! But when Bear starts to build a treehouse, the boy is intrigued and a magical summer begins.

As autumn passes and the first winter snowflakes start to fall, the boy is left alone, and only then does he truly realise what he has lost . . . Until at last spring comes again and the friends are joyfully reunited with a very special hug!

A wonderful and touching story that stretches across the seasons, and makes us all wish we could hibernate like Bear! Magical!

"The Boy and the Bear" by Tracey Corderoy and Sarah Massini is out now, published by Nosy Crow.

Next, it's the welcome return of Jan Fearnley's timeless classic "Little Robin Red Vest" - presented in a very special 20th Anniversary edition with new artwork, but the same glorious wintry seasonal story that's a true christmas classic in every sense of the word.

The tale begins one frosty evening, a week before Christmas. 

Little Robin washes and irons seven warm vests for the chilly nights to come. 

As the days go by, he comes across lots of shivering animals and kindly offers them his vests to wear. 

But - oh no! - on Christmas Eve, Little Robin is cold and alone with no vests left! That is, until a special someone arrives to reward his kindness. 

A beautiful message about paying it forward and helping others - because you never know when you might need help yourself. Absolutely lovely!

"Little Robin Red Vest" by Jan Fearnley is out now, published by Nosy Crow. 

Finally a brilliant series for older readers who love a touch of icy Christmas magic...!

"Snow Sisters: The Crystal Rose" by Astrid Foss combines a fantastic magical adventure with engaging characters (everyone will have a favourite Snow Sister once they start reading these), animal characters and a classic battle of good vs evil. 

Evil in the form of the nefarious Shadow Witch who will do anything to stop the Snow Sisters from reaching the Everchanging Lights before her.

On their second quest, the girls face a dark, icy journey to find the crystal rose and the blue Everchanging Light. 

Will their magic be strong enough to overcome the Great Glacier and all the dangers hidden there?

Don't forget The Snow Sisters' first adventure, 'The Silver Secret'? and keep an eye open in 2019 for 'The Frozen Rainbow' and 'The Enchanted Waterfall'!

Fun, adventurous, exciting and of course full of wintry magic. "Snow Sisters: The Silver Secret" and "Snow Sisters: The Crystal Rose" by Astrid Foss are both out now, published by Nosy Crow. 

What a feast of books! Which ones will you add to your christmas list?

(All titles kindly supplied for review).