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Book Review: Santa's Countdown to Christmas, 24 Days of Stories by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau

Santa's Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau was published on October 2, 2017 and is a book format of an advent calendar.  Told from the perspective of Santa Claus, the storyline chronicles what Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and the reindeer do in preparation of Christmas on each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. I'd like to thank NetGalley and Crackboom! Books for giving me a copy of Santa's Countdown to Christmas in exchange for my honest review.  I was thrilled to be approved to read this book because I love Christmas and am a kid at heart. This picture book was well written and engaging.  The illustrations were phenomenal as well.  I even enjoyed reading it as an adult.  I wish I had kids of my own so I could buy it for them, but I guess I'll have to settle for buying it for family members and friends who have kids that believe in Santa Claus.  I'd recommend this book for babies through eight years old.  Reading

Book Review: Adam and His Tuba by Ziga X Gombac

Book Review Adam and His Tuba by Ziga X Gombac Picture Book Children's Book

Adam and His Tuba by Ziga X Gombac and illustrated by Maja Kastelic is a children's picture book that has been translated by Olivia Hellewell.  The expected publication date is February 28, 2023.  This picture book is about a boy named Adam who travels with his circus family, but he doesn't like performing like the rest of his family.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and NorthSouth Books for the Advanced Readers Copy of Adam and His Tuba by Ziga X Gombac.  The title of the book and the cover art caught my attention.  I thought this might be a super cute book, and I'm always looking for books that I might be able to gift to friends and family with young children, so I was delighted to be able read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Let me begin by saying that the illustrations in Adam and His Tuba are fantastic.  I found myself drawn to the pictures and just staring at them . . . they were that intriguing.  The storyline was just as fantastic.  I loved that the story lets kids know that it's okay to be different from the rest of their family.  Even though I'm an adult, it really spoke to me because I remember feeling different from my cousins when I was a kid.  The only negative I have about this book is that a couple of the transitions were a bit rough.

Four out of five stars is what I give Adam and His Tuba by Ziga X Gombac.  It would be a great addition to any children's library and is perfect for children aged three through six.

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