I am a fan of books as gifts, they last a lifetime when they are loved and the right book can be kept and handed down through the generations. This is just part of why I think every child should be gifted a book at Christmas.
Even the littlest people in your life can benefit from a beautiful book. Before they are able to read children gain a lot from together time with someone reading to them or there are great board books and illustrated books that they can use their imaginations for.
Today we have a couple of amazing books for the little people you love, and I know a couple who would love these stories.
Fairy tales are classic, and from a young age many of us are familiar with the same stories that enchanted our parents and our grandparents. I always find it exciting when I discover a fairy tale that has been redone, or used for inspiration for a totally different tale.
The first of the books I have for you today is The Little Bad Wolf.
The Little Bad Wolf spends his time running around a fairy tale town trying to make trouble, especially for Mrs Pig. The Little Bad Wolf wants to live up to the reputation of his grandfather, The Big Bad Wolf, but it seems that Mrs Pig thinks he’s too little to cause trouble.
I have three kids so I know that size is no barrier to causing mischief, and I think Mrs Pig agrees but she’s a wise old pig who knows that sometimes it’s all about how you deal with a situation.
The illustrations in this book are amazing, they are very busy and bright with lots to capture little imaginations. There are gems to be found on every page and if your little one is restless the book would be fantastic for games of eye spy and look what we can find.
The story is quite funny and will delight young readers.
Author Sam Bowring is a comedian and writer and he teams up with the versatile and talented illustrator Lachlan Creagh.
The Little Bad Wolf is published by Hachette and available now where all good books are sold.
RRP: Hardback $24.99, Paperback $14.99 and Ebook $11.99
The Nutcracker is another tale that’s been around for many a year.
The Nutcracker is a Christmas story that has been around for an age, and the ballet is a tradition for many families every Christmas. The magic of The Nutcracker isn’t only for lovers of the ballet, there have been many different versions of the story throughout the years.
This Christmas bring the magic to a little loved one with this stunning new release of The Nutcracker based on the New York City Ballet production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.
The storyline and illustrations in this gorgeous picture book are inspired by the choreography, backdrops and costumes of the actual New York Ballet production of the famous ballet.
The Nutcracker is a ballet based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale Nutcracker and the Mouse King of 1816, which means that this tale is now 200 years old and still going strong. The original ballet was composed by Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and performed in 1892, but not considered a success. George Balanchine decided to choreograph his own version of the ballet which premiered in 1954 to extraordinary success and established the ballet and its score as lasting favourites around the world.
This latest edition of The Nutcracker takes all of its inspiration directly from the New York Ballet and is sure to become a favourite with aspiring ballerinas and all children, and the young at heart, in love with the magic of Christmas.
I think this is a magical book that will make a welcome addition to the Christmas Eve traditions of families everywhere. A gift to thrill a child this year, and become a yearly read for the family throughout their childhoods and into the next generation.
The Nutcracker is published by Simon & Schuster and available now where all good books are sold.
RRP: Hardback $24.99, Paperback $16.99 and Ebook $10.99