Thursday, November 8, 2012

Children's Book Review: Good Night North Pole by Adam Gamble

Ages: 0-3
Good Night Our World series
28 Pages, 6 x 6
Formats: Board Book
Board Book, $7.95 (US $7.95) (CA $7.95)
ISBN 9781602190719


"Taking young readers on a visit to Santa's village at the North Pole, where everyone is busily getting ready for Christmas Eve, this board book is a delightful celebration of the traditions and legends about Santa Claus. With rhythmic language and salutations that guide young children and their families through the passage of a single day, readers visit many enchanting places in Santa's village, including the post office, where children's letters to Santa arrive daily; the workshops, where elves are making toys for Santa to deliver to children all over the world; and the stables, where they meet Rudolph and the other reindeer and discover Santa's magic sleigh. As the day closes, they visit the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, where goodies fill their stomachs and warm their hearts. Finally, Santa departs on his sleigh, delivering presents and good will around the world."
My Thoughts:

This is the third book I have read in the Good Night... series by Adam Gamble.  I had previously reviewed Good Night Boston and Good Night World, which the girls absolutely love.  And, with the holidays right around the corner, I have begun sharing holiday books with them at bedroom, including this one.  Even though they are not old enough to begin asking questions about Santa and the North Pole, I know that when they do, this board book will come in handy. With only 28 pages, this tiny book will keep even the youngest of children engaged.  My soon to be one-year old daughter, Arabella, especially loves the colorful and whimsical illustrations that depict the North Pole.

When I showed my mother this book, she began telling me about how I used to ask about the North Pole when I was little, and how this book would have been great to share.  As you turn each page, you are greeted with wintry scenes of the North Pole, where you will meet the elves, see the post office where your child's letters are sent to, and even see Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the reindeer.  This book will have your children wishing they could visit the North Pole.  But, event though they can't, they will be happy to know that the North Pole does exist and now know what this magical place looks like.

This book would make for a great bedtime read as the holidays fast approach. My girls keep asking for it, so I can see it becoming a family favorite year after year.

About the Author:

Adam Gamble is a writer, a photographer, and a publisher. He is the author of many books in the Good Night Our World series, In the Footsteps of Thoreau, and A Public Betrayed. He lives in Dennis, Massachusetts. Mark Jasper is the author of many books in the Good Night Our World series, The Cape Cod Christmas Cookbook, Haunted Cape Cod & the Islands, and Haunted Inns of New England. He lives in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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