Arlo’s Book Club: Holiday FavoritesMay 25, 2016
Is there anything better than illustrated holiday books for children? What a delight to read all through the season! We’ve rounded up some of our favorites this year and can’t wait to show them off. If you’re looking for a gift for a young person in your life (or young at heart!) grab these up, as we are sure they will be treasured for always. Special hint: pack these away with your holiday decorations each year, and bring them out in December. It’s always a special treat to read them at special times once a year.
We’re absolutely loving this edition of A Christmas Carol by the great Charles Dickens, with illustrations by our own Yelena Bryksenkova! It’s a new favorite of Arlo’s and the story is brought to such vibrant life through Yelena’s work.
How many marvelous renditions of this poetic favorite are there in existence? Surely there are hundreds, but we tend to err toward the Weisgard and Fujikawa versions. These two masters of illustration have created a perfect artistic compliment to the traditional Clement C. Moore poem. Vintage artistry at its best! First up, is The Night Before Christmas with illustration by Leonard Weisgard:
Followed by The Night Before Christmas with illustration by Gyo Fujikawa:
We haven’t forgotten the lovable Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! . The tv special is loved in its own right, but we tend to prefer the tactile experience of a book, don’t you? “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
Last but certainly not least, a more modern, beloved holiday tale. This one has been through the ringer in this house and others, it seems! Taro Gomi has created a colorful world where Santa delivers gifts through the window, and mixes it up brilliantly in the meantime. Check out Santa Through The Window .
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!