Sunday, November 2, 2008

All I Want for Christmas

Deborah Zemke

Blue Apple Books

Sized at just under six by six, this little book makes the perfect holiday gift. Find out what those crazy animals have on their wish lists for Christmas. The requests are intended to be humorous - that silly kind of humor designed for children. The giraffe requests an extra long necktie, the centipede desperately needs a few hundred pairs of shoes, and the rooster wants an alarm clock.

The accompanying illustrations are cute, with the colorful animals standing out against simple white backgrounds. The book also features several small tabs for peeking behind, offering a bit of interaction for the curious type. There is a nice ending that has nothing to do with boxes or bows, but rather the spirit of the season.

This would be a good choice if you need one more stocking stuffer, or something for the ubiquitous gift exchange (great for girls and boys alike). Get your kids laughing, and in the mood to write out their extensive wish lists by taking their cues from the animal kingdom!

For a great gift, pair with . . .

an amazing Folkmanis® animal puppet. Folkmanis® believes imagination is the key to a healthy childhood, encouraging play and discovery to develop the skills necessary in life. This company has been making the most innovative and engaging specialty puppets in the world since 1976.

Among the most celebrated of toys, Folkmanis® puppets are consistently awarded excellent marks by such independent toy evaluators as Dr. Toy, Parents’ Choice and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. Porcupine above, Skunk to the right. $11 each.


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