As some of you might now, at our house, we are a family of book worms who love nothing better than to snuggle up with a great cup of tea on a cold day and browse through the pages of our latest book treasures !
With Christmas fast approaching and many of us busy looking for just the perfect gifts for our loved ones, I wanted to share two of my most beloved children’s books with you. One of them is a contemporary classic and the other one is a brand new favorite but both of them would be great Christmas presents for your own little book worms !
1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst was first published in 1972, has since sold over two million copies and in the last few decades it has truly become a childhood staple. This funny yet comforting little gem of a book introduces its readers to Alexander, a school-aged little boy who just happens to have the worst day imaginable.
“I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and woke up with gum in my hair. When I got out of bed, I tripped over the skateboard and by mistake dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running. I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day”
Poor Alexander’s day continues to go from bad to worse but his story has never failed to offer even the grumpiest of little grumps some comfort in the fact that other people have bad days, too ! 😉
2. The Worst Princess, written by Anna Kemp and illustrated by Sarah Ogilvie was first published this past Spring and is our newest discovery ! I don’t usually buy princess books for my daughter because I am not a big fan of out-dated gender roles, demsel-in-distress-type of stories or pink, passive princesses (see what I did here?) who’s only goal in life is to get married (preferably to a handsome prince) ! However, I made a rare exception for this book because Princess Sue is not your typical princess…
This hilarious book tells the story of the feisty Princess Sue, who with her read-the-manual-attitude to being a princess is not only book smart but knows what she wants and is not afraid to go and get it, too ! “Saved” by a twit of a prince, who is not quite what she had in mind and looked up again by him, she takes matters into her own two hands, befriends a dragon and flies off to look for the adventures she had always dreamed of ! Now this is a princess I am willing to advertise ! 😉