I know I am a little late with the Christmas theme, but I had, had this one saved and wanted so much to share it with you. I think it’s a classic!
“The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas”
Illustrated by: Ryan Wood
Published by: Abrama Books for Young Readers New York 2011
Ages: 4 and up
Theme: Christmas, tolerance, siblings, patience,
Opening Lines: It was Joy’s sixth Christmas, but it would be Sam’s first Joy knew this year would surely be the worst.
Synopsis: From the front flap of the book.. Joy tries to enjoy the holiday, but her new little brother drools on the ornaments and ruins the presents, eats all the cookies and smashes the snowmen, and wreaks havoc on what’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Joy’s patience runs down as the baby’s mishaps pile up. But a sweet Christmas surprise may help her find her holiday spirit… In this hilarious reworking of the classic carol “ The Twelve Days of Christmas,” readers will sing along with Joy and her brother as they celebrate the holiday together.
Why I like it: Oh my! The joys of a new baby brother, and at Christmas time. This reminded me so much of the large age gap between my youngest of two brothers and myself…. 12 years. Although a much larger gap than this books, Joy and her brother, I can see how frustrated she must have become. I guess for me it was easier. I just ensured everything was out-of-the-way of tiny hands or otherwise kept a watchful eye. Sudipta has cleverly worked what is a popular Christmas song, into this picture book story, and many will love reading it aloud at their favourite time of year. Kids will laugh at the mishaps and join along singing to the repetitive count down. But it is that special moment in a baby’s life that melts any heart, which brings a special touch to Joy’s Christmas. You will have to grab a copy to find out what that is…lol. A great way to encourage counting as well as reading, Ryan’s big bright illustrations catch the eye. Done with pencil and computer, those big eyes captures the expressions well . He also uses swirling and sometimes exaggerated lines in his illustrations to give depth. I can see this book being read in the classroom as well as around the Christmas tree at home. Great entertainment.
Resources: Sudipta’s website gives you a wonderful insight into this book along with her other books she has written. Also a trailer and colouring pages….. http://www.sudipta.com/Worst_Twelve_Days_of_Christmas.html
Sudipta also speaks out to writers on Tara Lazer’s blog, about what to do with your writing ideas….. http://taralazar.com/2012/12/07/post-piboidmo-day-7-sudipta-bardhan-quallen/
Here are some great Christmas decorations for kids to make. Save this website for next time… http://pinterest.com/noona5/christmas-ornaments-for-kids-to-make/
Fun colouring pages and other crafts for Christmas at this website…. http://www.kidspot.co.nz/slideshow/Free-Christmas-Colouring-Pages+17.htm
For more books with resources please head on over and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.