Book Review: Harold at the North Pole by Crockett Johnson

Today’s holiday book review is Harold at the North Pole by Crockett Johnson. Here’s what it’s about: It’s Christmas Eve, and Harold needs a Christmas tree. So, with purple crayon in hand, he sets off to get one. Before long he finds himself at the North Pole, where a snowbound Santa Claus needs his help. It’s up to the ever-resourceful Harold to draw up a plan and save Christmas! Yes, Harold to the rescue in … Read more

Book Review: Holly Jolly Jimmy by Adam Beechen

Today’s holiday book review is Holly Jolly Jimmy by Adam Beechen. Here’s what it’s about: It’s Christmas Eve in Retroville, but Jimmy Neutron is not in a jolly mood. The boy genius is on a mission — to convince his friends Carl and Sheen that there is no Santa Claus. To do that, however, they have to take a trip to the North Pole. when they get there, Jimmy and his friends discover a winter … Read more

Book Review: Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

Today’s holiday book review is Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien. Here’s what it’s about: Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents … Read more

Book Review: Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell

Today’s holiday book review is Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell. Here’s what it’s about: Join the big, red dog as he and Emily Elizabeth celebrate the season together. Clifford loves making snowmen, playing ice hockey, and helping out with the tree. But on Christmas Eve, when Santa accidentally drops his bag of toys into Clifford’s water bowl, the dog’s good heart and Santa’s magic make it the best Christmas ever! This is a funny story … Read more

Book Review: Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

This week’s holiday spotlight is a review or Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien. Here’s what it’s about: Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose … Read more

No Peeking

“AH…” Tyler and Amy hollered. Two tiny elves chased after the children, their sharp teeth chomping at the air. They stopped and giggled when the door closed behind the small tots. “Hey!” Santa rolled out from where he landed in the fireplace. “Stop torturing the kids or they’ll never stop pissing on my lap.” The 55 Word Challenge is a contest to write a story in 55 words or less. The challenge runs every Wednesday, … Read more

Book Review: Little Santa by Jon Agee

Today’s holiday book review is Little Santa by Jon Agee. Here’s what it’s about: Ever wonder what Santa was like as a child? Award-winning author/illustrator Jon Agee brings us the funny, playful answer in this Christmas picture book destined to become a classic. Little Santa loves the North Pole. The rest of his family? Not so much. So, when they decide to move to Florida, Santa is miserable. Lucky for him, a blizzard foils their … Read more

Book Review: Mrs. Claus Takes A Vacation by Linas Alsenas

Today’s holiday book review is Mrs. Claus Takes A Vacation by Linas Alsenas. Here’s what it’s about: Mrs. Claus needs to get out of the house. The endless snow at the North Pole is getting her down. And she doesn’t see why her husband should get all the travel time in the family. So she hitches up the reindeer and takes a world tour — leaving Santa to take care of himself (and the remaining … Read more

Book Review: Babar and Father Christmas by Jean de Brunhoff

Today’s holiday book review is Babar and Father Christmas by Jean de Brunhoff. Here’s what it’s about: Babar returns in this unusual and heartwarming Christmas story by Jean de Brunhoff. Babar’s children have caught wind of a fellow in Man’s country named Father Christmas who brings joy and toys to little children. “If only we could bring him here,” they wish. So they write the Christmas saint a letter inviting him to visit them. When … Read more

Book Review: The Secret of Santa’s Island by Steve Breen

Today’s holiday book review is The Secret of Santa’s Island by Steve Breen. Here’s what it’s about: How do Santa and the elves relax after they’ve delivered all of the Christmas Eve gifts? When Sam McGuffin hears the sound of reindeer hooves on Christmas Eve, he can’t resist sneaking out the window and into the back of Santa’s sleigh. He wants to see what the North Pole is really like. But the sleigh isn’t headed … Read more

Book Review: Arthur’s Christmas by Marc Brown

Today’s holiday book review is Arthur’s Christmas by Marc Brown. Here’s what it’s about: Christmas is only days away and Arthur can’t find the perfect gift to give Santa! Finally, he has an idea and with a little help from his sister, Christmas will be a success! I love that Arthur wants to give Santa a present in this story. Arthur’s sister, on the other hand, is only concerned with what she will get for … Read more

Book Review: Arthur to the Rescue by Annie Auerbach

Today’s holiday book review is Arthur to the Rescue by Annie Auerbach. Here’s what it’s about: Just when Santa and the elves thought they d completed another successful Christmas present delivery drop, a siren goes off at the North Pole s Mission Control. Red alert! A present has been left behind and a child forgotten! It s up to Arthur, Santa s clumsy, technologically-challenged son, and his slightly batty grandpa, Grandsanta, to deliver the gift … Read more

Book Review: Angelina’s Christmas by Katharine Holabird

Today’s Christmas book review is Angelina’s Christmas. Here’s what it’s about: When Angelina Ballerina sees old Mr. Bell all alone at Christmastime, she decides to bring him some holiday cheer. Cousin Henry doesn’t want to help—until he finds that there’s a real Santa Claus living in their town! With festive sparkly foil on the jacket and a heartwarming story, this book is perfect for holiday giving. AUTHORBIO: Katharine Holabird’s first Angelina Ballerina book was published … Read more

Book Review: Merry Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing

Today’s Thanksgiving book review is Merry Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing. Here’s what it’s about: A child’s Christmas list brings Santa to a family’s Thanksgiving celebration. Santa comes early in this Thanksgiving tale. In fact he saves the dinner by accident after Joey gets his list to Santa mixed up with his mom’s Thanksgiving grocery list. This is a cute tale that will get you in the mood for Christmas. My Rating: 4 out of 5

Week 3 & 4 Holiday Horror Movie Marathon

Apologies to all for missing last week’s holiday horror movie post. I’ve been laid up sick and considering the time of year, really want to enjoy the season without an illness. So, this week you get a double dose of movie reviews from me. What did I watch? Not much but a few really good one. Night Train Murders is set around the Christmas holiday, but is more a variation of Wes Craven’s, Last House … Read more

Week 2 Holiday Horror Movie Marathon

It’s week 2 of the holiday horror movies reviews and I managed to watch three movies this week, one of which was a Thanksgiving movie. Don’t forget to leave a comment on the current week’s Holiday Horror Movie Marathon post over on the Vamplit blog to enter a weekly drawing to win a free Vamplit novel of your choice. Winners announced following Tuesday. T.K. Millin suggested Thankskilling and I’m so glad. It was such a … Read more

Week 1 Holiday Horror Movie Marathon

Welcome to week 1 of the holiday horror movies reviews. Unfortunately I only have one for you this week. Getting all the other events in place over on the Vamplit Blog, plus finishing up the edits for The Courier are proving time consuming. In fact, there are still two movies waiting for me in the mailbox. At least I’ll have two for you next week. Anyways, here’s the review, which is not actually a horror … Read more

Holiday Season Horror Movie Marathon List

I’m at it again, this time watching holiday season themed horror movies. I won’t be watching a movie a day thought, instead my intent is to watch as many movies as I can between now and the first of next year. Oh, and my movie selection is not the worst of the worst this time. For this marathon I’ve searched the Internet for lists of Christmas and New Years horror movies and the master list … Read more