My Little Pocketbooks: Quicky Review #13: Santa is Coming to California, Tallulah's Nutcracker and Hello Ninja   

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Quicky Review #13: Santa is Coming to California, Tallulah's Nutcracker and Hello Ninja

The final and last Quicky Review for 2013 is dedicated to the kids.
Two of these books I read at a LAX bookstore while waiting on my flight.  Yes, I was just standing there in the kids section looking at books and I completed two of them.  The others didn't hold my interest or were to long for my wait.  LOL!
The last one was free from Starbucks. 
Here are just a few sentences on these short (about 2 hours or less) stories.
There are other Quicky Reviews for you to check out too and don't worry there will be more to come. I like short stories because most of them are FREE and I can get in and out of one in no time.
Below are the links to the other Quicky Reviews this year. 
http://amzn.to/1kWtKbB
Illustrator: Robert Dunn 
Genre: Children Holiday Fiction 
Age Range: 4 - 8 years 
Series: Santa Is Coming To...
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Hardcover:
32 pages
Source: Read it while standing in the bookstore
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Description
It's Christmas Eve, Have you been good? Santa's packed up all the presents and is headed your way! With the help of a certain red-nosed reindeer, Santa flies over:
San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco: Transamerica Building
San Diego: Coronado Bridge
Los Angeles: Capitol Records
Los Angeles: Disney Concert Hall
Hollywood sign
Sacramento: State Capitol
Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier
Giant Sequoia tree
Yosemite: Halfdome aka El Capitan
"Ho, ho ho!" laughs Santa. "Merry Christmas, California!"

My Thoughts
A great story and the illustration are vivid and colorful.  Such a wondeful Christmas story with pictures of iconic California locations.
http://amzn.to/KipPbe
Illustrator: Alexandra Boiger
Genre: Children Holiday Fiction 
Series: Tallulah
Age Range: 4 - 8 years 
Publisher: Clarion Books
 Hardcover: 48 pages
Source: Read it while standing in the bookstore
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Description
It’s Christmastime, and Tallulah finally gets what she’s been wishing for—a part in a real ballet, a professional production of The Nutcracker. She’s only a mouse, but she works as hard as if she had been cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
On the night of the show, everything is perfect. But then disaster strikes! Does Tallulah have what it takes to become a real ballerina?
A well-told story, gorgeous illustrations, and a beloved character conspire to make a positively magical Christmas book.

My Thoughts
I love this book.  It's perfect.  The story is cute and has a great message to young children letting them know everyone makes mistakes.  Great illustrations.
http://amzn.to/1hTRV87
Hello Ninja
Author: N. D. Wilson  
Illustrator:  Forrest Dickison 
Genre: Children's E-book
Age Range: 4 - 8 years 
Publisher: Canonball Books
 E-book: 14 pages
Source: Free from Starbucks
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Description
Whether they're dancing nimbly through the tropics or hobnobbing with the king of France, ninjas large and small will love this new bedtime story from bestselling author N. D. Wilson.
Another board book from N. D. Wilson:
Blah Blah Black Sheep

My Thoughts
This is a cute rhyming book for beginning readers.  The illustrations are funny, clear and cute.  

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