Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Candlewick Press is Impressive but Oh That Christmas Story Pop-Up Book!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.



I like to gift books for Christmas. These three stories here are great because they are engaging enough that kids will delight in reading them alone, or enjoy huddling up with someone else to share their story time. I remember getting lost in books as a kid and absolutely loving it. In fact, that's one of my favorite childhood memories. Candlewick Press  offers a wide array of books for children of every age. That Christmas Story book though...that one's a pop-up. A pretty spectacular pop-up at that!





The nativity story is told in a simple, elegant way on mostly white paper with touches of gold. Magnificent simplcity at its finest, just the way this story should be told.


Some of the fold outs extend beyond the pages, which makes the book have an extra element of special to it. This is the kind of book I can see my family reading while gathered around the Christmas Tree. This is the kind of book that makes for wonderful memories.


The biggest challenge you'll have with this book is trying to decide whether to keep it or gift it. You'll want to do both. Age recommendation: 5-8 years.

author/illustrator: Robert Sabuda
Long ago in the town of Bethlehem, on a bright and starry night, a baby was born, a child who was called the son of God. Announced by an angel, born in a humble manger, laid in a bed of straw, visited by shepherds and wise men—the age-old, awe-inspiring story of the birth of Jesus is lovingly brought to life by master pop-up artist Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined scenes, culminating in a 3-D manger sheltering humans and beasts, guarded by an angel above. Glinting with touches of gold and pearlescent foil, The Christmas Story is a visual feast, a holiday treasure to be shared with the whole family.
Hope and joy radiate from the pages of Robert Sabuda’s new pop-up book celebrating the Nativity.


Candlewick sells unusual books too, like this seasonal story with a twist. You would thiink it is about the boy...even after the story starts. It's not, though he is one of the  story's main characters.


The colors in this book, as well as the illustrations are welcoming. The story is touching, and it has an ending to it that is conducive to conversation and the potential to teach various lessons.


It is unlke any other book I've read before. It does have a happy ending, but maybe not the one that you would expect. Recommended ages 5-8.

author: Delia Huddy
illustrator: Emily Sutton
It’s late on Christmas Eve, and the little fir tree is the only tree left in the shop. What a poor thing I am, it thinks. But then a young boy enters the store, drawn in from the damp by the warmth and lights and the wonderful smell of Christmas, and he doesn’t seem to mind that the scrawny tree isn’t tall and straight like the others. . . . This magical story, beautifully illustrated by Emily Sutton, captures an unexpected and unforgettable moment of happiness that brings a whole city together.
In a deeply moving story with the hallmarks of a classic, a homeless boy’s rescue of a spindly Christmas tree sparks a glimmer of hope that has far-reaching effects.



How to Track a Truck is an unusual story too. This one is full of quality, cheerful illustrations, and you can't help but fall in love with the little boy. I mean look at him. What a cutie patootie.


For the vehicle lovers in the family, this book is sure to be a big hit. I know my little boys loved to read about trucks, ride in them, see them, play with toy models, whatever. If it involved trucks they were all in. That means this book is a great way to incite the little ones to want to come on over and settle into your lap for a little bit of story time. Take advantage of it...they don't stay lap-sized for long. :)


author: Jason Carter Eaton
illustrator: John Rocco
Want a pet truck? Rumble up to this handy guidebook offering everything you need to know. Bone up on habitat: monster trucks like abandoned parking lots; moving trucks live in busy neighborhoods; ice-cream trucks and snowplows migrate in the winter. Pick the right breed for your home (a car transporter in a small apartment would not be a wise choice). Learn to identify your truck by its tire tracks, and soon, with the lure of some orange cones, you’ll have a loyal vehicle following you home, a happy hum under its hood. With an eighteen-wheeler-size nod to pet-care guides, Jason Carter Eaton and John Rocco put young readers in the driver’s seat for a road trip to truck-dreamer bliss.
For kids who love trucks, here comes the definitive guide to catching and taming one of your own from the creators of the hit picture book How to Train a Train.

I like all three of these book selections. I'm happy they have been added to our library.
You can learn more about Candlewick Press and all of the great reading selections they have by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

27 comments:

  1. I love pop-up books. They make reading far more fun.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  2. Sure sound and look like great additions indeed. Good when there is a happy ending that one may not suspect.

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  3. Ahhh! Those books are amazing. I'm super impressed with the pop up book. When they say pop up, they mean it!

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  4. My children would really enjoy these books!

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  5. Wow, that pop up Christmas story book is beautiful. It seems like Candlewick press has a lot to offer.

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  6. What a beautiful pop up book! I have a voracious reader that would love these.

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  7. These look like very fun books. Pop ups are a great way to engage the kids and this one is beautifully done!

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  8. What fun selections! My kids always love receiving new books, especially themed ones that pair perfectly with the season.

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  9. These are gorgeous. I think I like the pop up most though.

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  10. You know I love books... and love gifting them as well. Those all look great.

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  11. What fun books! I love Christmas themed books, I have quite a few of them!

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  12. These would definitely be treasured books to add to the holiday collection. Pop up books are always such a joy!

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  13. I love pop up books! There's always something special about them.

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  14. Those are so cute! I like the selections!

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  15. Awww, what great books! I am really loving that pop up book! The kids will love it, too!

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  16. This is so cute! Very entertaining for small kids and toddlers.

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  17. These look like wonderful books for gifts.
    I am also a fan of giving books as gifts.

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  18. Well it's really good funny books. These is good for my kids for bedtime. I would like this one.

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  19. I loved pop up books when I was little. These will make fantastic gifts.

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  20. I can remember having some pop-up books when I was little. I used to love them. Younger generations will love them too.

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  21. I love pop up books because it keeps the kids entertained while reading.

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  22. Wow! What a gorgeous pop up book! I've got to look into this company.

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  23. These book are beautiful! I am a sucker for books with great art in them. I think it makes all the difference.

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  24. My kids loved pop up books when they were little. Somehow it brings the story to life!

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  25. I am going to buy that nativity book. Never seen one in a popup form.

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  26. I would say the book is great for my nieces but I want it for myself. So pretty!

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