I received these books to help facilitate my review.
There is nothing better than sitting by the Christmas tree and reading books with my kids. This year Disney has some great Christmas books to choose from!
Bruce is a lot of things. He is a bear. He is a grump. He is a pretty decent cook. And he is a mother. One thing Bruce is not? Santa Claus. But that doesn’t stop the whole forest from lining up to give him their Christmas wishes when he becomes the victim of mistaken identity—again.
Mulan’s Lunar New Year
It’s the Lunar New Year, and it happens to be Mulan’s favorite festival! There is a lot to do to prepare for this important celebration, and for the first time, Mulan is old enough to help out. But everything Mulan does seems to turn out wrong. Follow along with Mulan in this special Lunar New Year story that captures the unique sense of magic, imagination, and possibility that surrounds the holiday!
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Dance of the Realms
With breathtaking painterly illustrations, a deeply enchanting story, and a foreword written by celebrated dancer Misty Copeland, this picture book bringsThe Nutcracker and the Four Realms to life in a brand-new way. As the adventure from the film jumps off of the screen and onto the page, a new generation of readers and fans will be drawn in and enchanted by the holiday spirit, the beauty of dance, and the magic of storytelling.
Cookiesaurus Rex may not be your usual holiday treat, but he has plenty of Christmas spirit. He would like nothing more than to make it onto Santa’s cookie plate. After all, the Big Guy should have only the best cookie to take back to the North Pole. But Mr. Spatula chooses Star, then Bell, and finally Gingerbread Boy… Wait one stinkin’ stompin’ minute! Looks like Cookiesaurus Rex is going to have to take matters into his own tiny arms. Will his Christmas dreams come true, or will his holiday dreams be crumbled?
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
This deluxe gift edition of the internationally best-selling first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, lavishly illustrated by series artist John Rocco, is a must-have for Riordan fans.
My take: Let’s start with my absolute favorite children’s series of all times (this is serious guys because I read tons of book each year)…the Bruce series. If you have not read these books to your children they are a must for your children. I adore each and every one of them and Santa Bruce is no exception. Bruce is so grouchy but lovable and has such a good soul that shines through each time!
My 12 year old has loved the Percy Jackson series since he first started reading it and continues to re-read each book multiple times a year. This illustrated copy is gorgeous, very heavy and will bound to be a treasured part of his collection.
After reading The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: The Dance of the Realms book I simply can’t wait for the movie. This book has gorgeous illustrations and will whet the appetite for the movie!
Cookiesauras Christmas is a very cute book with parts that made my 6 year old laugh and a lesson in thinking of others is learned.
Mulan’s Lunar Year is a fantastic way to introduce your children to the Lunar New Year. We learned several things about traditions and that good luck sometimes can be found in unlikely places.