Monday, August 18, 2014

Christmas in August? You bet.....

In the little town where I grew up we used to have a summer event called, "Christmas in July."  Everyone in the town participated and decorations were assembled, local churches offered Christmas turkey dinners, and all the main street stores displayed Christmas paraphernalia for the tourists to come and purchase.  And come they did.  It was advertised as a pre-Christmas for those who might not be with us for the real event or just for those Christmas - lovers who just couldn't get enough of the celebration.  My town was located in a very prominent snow belt so to partake of Christmas wearing your shorts and sandals was almost heavenly.  Crowds of people were spotted loaded down with presents either for themselves for the present time or for the real deal so they could boast to their friends that they had already kickstarted their Christmas shopping for December 25th.  The most wonderful thing surrounding that special event was my dad was called upon each year to be the resident Santa how many people can actually boast that their dad was Santa?....ME!!!!  Whenever I heard the Christmas song, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" I would smile real big because in my life that song was certainly true.  Merry Christmas in August everyone!

Today's featured book:

Authors:  DK Simoneau and David Radman

Illustrator:  Brad Cornelius

Let's take a peek inside shall we?

About the book:

This charming book will quickly become a holiday favourite.  It is written in rhyme and poor Santa makes a blunder when his beloved wife, Mrs. Claus is tucked away sick in bed and he has to make the Christmas journey arrangements all by himself.  A huge faux pas is made when out of necessity he does his own laundry turning his red Santa suit purple!!  Oh no!!  How could that have happened?  Undaunted the now not so jolly St. Nick takes to the skies with brute determination to get his job done and back home as quickly as he can.  He hopes beyond hope that no one notices his not so new-and- improved colour blunder.  But Santa watchers are mortified when they discover that their traditional, familiar Santa has dared to change.

But wait, as you read on, you find that this just the beginning of his wacky Christmas Eve adventure.  Kids will love the zany illustrations and imaginative scenarios that are portrayed for their giggling pleasure.  Can Santa right these crazies?  Can things ever be normal again like before the pre-purple days that descended accidentally upon the North Pole?  Check out the book and find out if it is possible and if Santa and Mrs. Claus can be proud and happy once again about their beloved Christmas holiday and its traditions.  I know you will love this book and I  highly recommend it.

About the authors:

DK Simoneau is the award winning author of "We’re Having A Tuesday", (ISBN: 978-1933302133) a book helping children of divorce cope with shared custody living arrangements. She has offered advice on divorced parenting in numerous publications and on various programs, including the CBS Early Show. She enjoys writing stories that help children express their feelings or inspire them to dream and use their zany, whimsical imaginations. She enjoys traveling, dancing, and sharing time with her own two kids in Lakewood, Colorado.

David Radman began writing children’s stories, as a single father, when his two daughters were very young. His love of being a dad inspired him to share his creativity through the magic of storytelling. He enjoys playing hockey, spending time with family, and continues to write. David lives in Littleton, Colorado, with his wife, two children, and three stepchildren.

 Brad Cornelius was born and raised near Chicago, spending his free time learning to draw and watching lots of cartoons. Brad, his wife Melissa and their two greyhounds, are currently exploring the country in a vintage Airstream trailer. This is his second collaboration with DK Simoneau. 

Book review rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Have a wonderful day everyone.  

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