Just in time for the holidays (including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year) are several board books worthy of mention.
“Ladybug Girl Gives Thanks” by David Soman and Jacky Davis is just what the title implies — Ladybug Girl giving thanks for all her favorite things. That includes books and family! For Ladybug Girl fans, there is also a three board-book set called “A Day Full of Ladybug Girl” which would be a perfect holiday gift. In that set are “Ladybug Girl Says Good Night,” “Ladybug Girl Makes Friends” and “Ladybug Girl Dresses Up.” All four books will warm the hearts of young dog lovers and those who love to dress up and play pretend.
“Madeline’s Christmas” by Ludwig Bemelmans is filled with the well-known “Madeline” rhymes. The story is clever, the illustrations traditional, and it has, of course, a happy ending. A magic carpet ride will thrill the imaginations of young readers. Older siblings who are Madeline fans will love reading this one to younger sibs.
“An Otis Christmas” by Loren Long is the heartwarming story of a horse whose life is in danger on Christmas Eve. She is having trouble giving birth to her baby. But Otis comes to the rescue, and when a snowstorm blocks the roads, Otis is able to get the doctor. The horse and her baby are saved. Otis’ Christmas gift of a horn helped save the day, and all have a happy Christmas.
“Happy New Year, Spot!” by Eric Hill is a board book featuring the yellow puppy Spot with his various animal friends including an alligator, a monkey, and a blue hippo. They all gather for a New Year’s Eve party and talk about their wishes for New Year’s. Spot is thrilled the next day when his wish comes true!
Please note: This review is based on the final board books provided by the publisher for review purposes.