Just in time for Christmas gift-giving, Candlewick Press has released some new children’s titles featuring favorite characters. We received an assortment of books from Candlewick to review and share with you.
There’s also a giveaway for you to enter at the end of this post!
Two-year-old Mary Kate has had loads of fun with her Frankie’s Food Truck book (2019, 12 pages, Educational Insights with illustrations by Lucia Gaggiotti. This lift-the-flap board book is full of tasty foods that young children will love to reveal and name. Frankie is an adorable orange tabby, and every day of the week he serves up different treats by shape out of his food truck. Pizza is a triangle, tomatoes are circles and so on. It’s educational and fun and very cute.
In August, Candlewick released a new tale in the Peppa Pig series: Peppa Pig and the Christmas Play (2019, 32 pages). Suitable for reading aloud to ages 2 to 6, it’s a story about Peppa and her class getting ready for a Christmas play that they hope Santa himself will attend. Wendy Wolf is an elf, and Peppa is the Christmas fairy; Suzy Sheep opts to be Christmas nurse, in case someone in the cast gets sick! But the biggest question is, while good St. Nick arrive in time for the show?
Candlewick’s three new Gigantosaurus books, based on the TV series, were a really big hit with my boys. If you need an “introduction” to the characters like we did, start with the hardback Story of Gigantosaurus (2019, 32 pages) which relates the wild adventures of Mazu, Rocky, Bill and Tiny. Great for reading independently or out loud, it’s got vivid, exciting illustrations and even a few laughs.
Next up in the series are two paperback stories, The Lost Egg (2019, 34 pages) and Don’t Cave In (2019, 34 pages). This time around, the four friends are puzzled by a mysterious egg discovery. Not only does Gigantosaurus come barging into this tale, but there’s quite a surprise from the little lost egg! Don’t Cave In delivers a lighthearted scare when Rocky, Tiny, Mazu and Bill are forced to take refuge in a cave inhabited by the fearsome (so they think) Shriekosaurus. You and your children will enjoy unlocking the secrets of the dark cave.
If your young reader is a fan of Peg + Cat, there’s a new Level 1 title called Up a Tree (2019, 32 pages, by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson). We all know that cats are fond of getting stranded in trees, but what happens when the roles are reversed? No worries because Cat is on the ground and ready to help his friend! It’s a cute little story and appropriately crafted for new readers, although we found the illustrations to be on the bland and repetitive side.
Christmas Shopping at Candlewick is Easy!
One of the best and longest-lasting gifts you can give at Christmas is a book.
To make that easier, Candlewick Press just announced their Friends & Family offer.
Use promo code CANDLEWICK at checkout to get 25% off and FREE shipping
Offers expires 12/31/19
Giveaway: Candlewick Press is giving away the same 6 books that I reviewed today to one lucky winner! Open to US and Canadian residents. Prize will be fulfilled by Candlewick Press and ship in January, due to the holiday rush.
Use the entry form below, and good luck!