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FAB FIVE: Holiday Books

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 at 12:31 pm in Books, Christmas.

"Alaskan Night Before Christmas"The most fabulous holiday books keep landing on my desk. We’ve yet to see a Hannukah book this year – very odd! – but here’s a Fab Five round-up on some of the latest and greatest of the Santa genre.

1 & 2. Pelican Press’ “Alaskan Night Before Christmas” and “Hawaiian Night Before Christmas” bring a new and delightful twist to the classic tale, as a team of caribou – led by the egotistical, irrepressible Kotzebue the Caribou – pulls Santa’s sleigh across Alaska’s icy skies in the first book, by Tricia Brown. In the second, by Carolyn Macy, a lei-bedecked Santa rounds up his flying turtles for the Christmas Eve trek.

3. We’ve always been big fans of Paddington the Bear. Now there’s a picture book version of Paddington’s trek to Barkridges, a Harrod’s style department store, to meet Santa Claus. Michael Bond’s newly revised “Paddington and the Christmas Surprise” packs all the expected charm, references to marmalade, and bearly-contained havoc. Adorable.

"When Santa Lost His Ho! Ho! Ho!" 4.When Santa Lost His Ho! Ho! Ho!” Laura Rader’s whimsical take on what happened the year Santa lost his jolliness boasts cute prose, but it’s the illustrations that won our hearts.

5. And finally, what Christmas season is complete without the saga of Charlie Brown, that pathetic little tree and the Christmas pageant? Now, you can have it in book form. The just released, hardcover “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a treasure.

Now it’s your turn! Click “comments” and share your favorite holiday book titles.

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