Monday, January 7, 2013

Christmas / Winter books read in 2012

Title: Merry Christmas, Splat

Author: Rob Scotton

Publisher: Harper

Series: Splat the Cat, Bk 3

ISBN: 9780060831608

Obtained: Library copy


I've seen plenty of Splat books, but I haven't really read them until this one.  I found myself charmed.  Splat is so eager to get a very big present from Santa that he makes extra attempts to be good and helpful.  He makes a mess of it, but he's just so excited.  So excited, in fact, that he stays up listening for Santa.  But he doesn't hear anything.  Wasn't he good enough?  I'll definitely be trying more of the Splat books in the future...and there are quite a few to choose from.

Title: The Dog Who Saved Santa

Author: True Kelley

Publisher: Holiday House

ISBN: 9780823421206

Obtained: Library copy


Santa is lazy.  He's also beardless (I point this point out because my niece asked about it the moment she saw the first picture).  Everyone else has to pick up the slack, especially his dog Rodney.  But that Christmas goes horribly, with lots of complaints (I would have complained too).  So Rodney decides since Santa obviously isn't going to take action, he will.  This is a cute story.  It's definitely a different perspective of Santa, though...

Title: Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story

Author: Salina Yoon

Publisher: Walker & Company

Series: Penguin, Bk 1 (I think)

ISBN: 9780802728449

Obtained: Library copy


I really enjoyed this book.  It's such a sweet story.  The illustrations are simple and yet adorable.  And even though Penguin and Pinecone must part, I love the ending.  It looks like two new Penguin books are due out this 2013, Penguin on Vacation and Penguin on Holiday; I look forward to reading them.  Salina also has a book titled Penguin's Snowy Day that came out in 2009.  I'm not sure if it's the same Penguin or not (he's illustrated differently), but if so, this is book 2.


  1. Okay, my OCD would have kicked in over the beardless Santa.

    1. I was able to handle it because I had recently seen the movie Snow, and he's beardless.


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