Two new holiday books, two books featuring learning experiences, and two classics highlight the newest releases for readers ages two to five. Whether for holiday gift giving or for recalling childhood memories, these books are sure to please.
“The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas” (Penguin Random House, $16.99) is the latest in the series written by Laura Murray and illustrated by Mike Lowery. The Gingerbread Man and his schoolmates are making treats for the people in town who provide service: teachers, librarians, police and fire fighters. On the day they are scheduled to go present the gifts and sing, a huge snowstorm sets in. Can the Gingerbread Man find a way to save the day? Other titles include “The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School” and “The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck.” Each plays on the familiar words, “Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man.”
“The Thing About Yetis” (Dial, $16.99) by Vin Vogel is about a group of snow monsters who are not terrible at all. These yetis like to drink hot chocolate, build snow forts, throw snowballs and go sledding. But even yetis can get the wintertime blues. What do they do? They plan a long vacation. Children will see why it is possible to get too much of a good thing.
“Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps” (Philomel, $16.99) by Sophy Henn has a message for every young child. Pom Pom wakes up grumpy. He can’t find his favorite blanket. His little brother Boo Boo is playing with his favorite toy. He goes to school and tells his friends he is mad and to leave him alone. He is upset when that is exactly what they do. Children will learn sometimes it is best not to ask to be left alone.
“I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch and Taste It, Too!) (Nancy Paulson Books) is by Caldecott winner Rachel Isadora. In five sections she teaches children to recognize the five senses in everyday situations such as a snowball fight or eating a pickle. She even says sometimes senses don’t work. “I have a cold. I don’t smell.”
“Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar” (Grosset & Dunlap, $8.99) comes 45 years after the publication of the popular Eric Carle “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” That book has been translated into 25 languages and one copy is sold every 30 seconds. The new book is cased boards suitable for small hands and is colorfully illustrated with apples, birds and butterflies.
HarperCollins Publishers is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Crockett Johenson’s “Harold and the Purple Crayon” with the online publication of illustrations by 15 famous children’s book illustrators who have created a birthday greeting for Harold. These can be found at www.hc.com/harold. All of Johnson’s seven titles can be found at www.HarperCollins.com.