It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The day after Thanksgiving until the end of the year is my favorite time of year. I'm posting late because I'm writing this post today, and I had some serious sleeping in to do! Now that I'm out of retail, the only "Black Friday" thing on our schedule is a friend's "Black Friday Art Show" at a downtown coffee shop tonight! Beyond that, I hope to get our tree today, and start decking some halls! And maybe watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, which just showed up on Amazon Prime Instant Video.
I will say, if you are an internet shopper who detests Black Friday but secretly likes deals (hey, who doesn't?), some favorite Etsy shops are running deals today! May I direct you to Audrey Eclectic or The Black Apple?
But here are a few of our Thanksgiving Day highlights:
In the evening, Big Sis went over to her great-grandma's for a while, and Little Sis settled in under our favorite butterfly quilt. She watched some TV and drew (always drawing, that one), and I read. And read. And READ.
Three younger readers' books in an evening! All worth reading, and if you're looking for books this Christmas, I would say they're all worth owning, too.
The Templeton Twins Have An Idea by Ellis Weiner, illustrated by Jeremy Holmes. Chronicle Books, 2012.
This book had me laughing out loud a few times, which Little Sis thought was weird. The narrator of the book is very much his own character, although we don't actually have a clue who he is. (The narrator was my favorite part.) The Templeton twins are a brother and sister team who move with their grieving father to a new university town, where they encounter a bitter former student of their father's who believes he has been wronged. Criminal acts follow, albeit in a very silly fashion.
It's the first book in a series. Promising start!
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Angela Barrett. Candlewick Press, 2008.
This is a little book I had meant to check out a long time ago. It's a tale of a little night fairy, and what happens when a bat mistakes her for a moth and bites off her wings. While the premise sounds like it could lead to a very maudlin, icky sweet tale, the fairy is actually rather tough and unmannerly. She is also very brave and resourceful. The story offers a lesson in forgiveness and remaining true to yourself. Like The Templeton Twins above, it would be a wonderful book for a young independent reader. It isn't very long. Both books would make excellent family reading stories, too. The Templeton Twins is very, very funny, while this one would be lovely for bedtime storytime.
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz. Candlewick Press, 2012.
Splendors and Glooms is by the same author as The Night Fairy, but it's a very different book. It is better for slightly older readers. I wish I could have read it around Halloween! It's a wonderfully creepy story. A rich little girl in 19th century London convinces her parents to allow a masterful puppeteer to perform at her twelfth birthday party. She is especially interested in his two young apprentices, a kindly girl and a rough, rude, but talented boy. The party ends on a sour note, and the next day, the rich little girl is missing. There is magic, there is a witch, there are marionettes, there's grimy Victorian London - it's safe to guess that I LOVED THIS BOOK. You can read a sample chapter here.
I hope everyone Stateside had a happy Thanksgiving! And I hope everyone everywhere has something wonderful to read this weekend. And as I say every Friday:
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