Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Now Available from Random House -- THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS by Tish Rabe; Illustrated by Joe Mathieu (Review)

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

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"A Big Golden Book adaptation of the hit PBS Kids holiday special! This rhymed retelling of the hit PBS Kids holiday special featuring Dr. Seuss's beloved Cat in the Hat is bound to become a cherished keepsake. Written in a style reminiscent of Clement Moore's'Twas the Night Before Christmas, the book retells the story from the Cat's Christmas Eve Party through his various mishaps while attempting to return young reindeer Ralph home in time to pull Santa's sled. Along the way, readers are introduced to a herd of elephants with an uncanny ability to smell water; a pod of dolphins who can communicate across far distances; and a single-minded army of Christmas Island crabs--all of whom demonstrate how working together is the best way to solve a problem, and how being home for the holidays is the best place to be. A perfect gift for fans of the hit PBS Kids TV show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!--and an ideal choice for reading aloud--this is a book the whole family can enjoy together!"
My Thoughts:
Can you believe that there are only 105 more days until Christmas?  Where did summer go?  Just the other day, I took Savannah to the craft store, and instead of having aisles of Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts and decor, they had one aisle for each of these upcoming holidays.  What I was not expecting to see was Christmas crafts, gifts and more fill 5 aisles. I was just getting used to the fact that the warm weather was over, and trying to build myself up for the cold mornings and days ahead, as New England weather is always unexpected.  But, I guess I shouldn't have been too shocked with the Christmas products already being on display, as I have been working since June on my upcoming Holiday Gift Guide, which will run from Nov. 1st through Dec. 10th this year.  I will begin previewing items that will be reviewed beginning mid October.  But, still, it was hard to see Christmas in September.  It seems like every year the holidays speed right past us.  Next, we will be planning New Year's Eve and then Valentine's Day. :-)

As a fan of everything Christmas, especially the music and lights, I think I could enjoy it for 6 months out of the year?  How about you?  This year alone, it took me until April to take down the Christmas tree, as we got so busy with other stuff, that I kept putting it off.  Then, before I took it down, I thought "why not leave up and have Christmas in July for Savannah's birthday?"  Hehehe.  Both my mother and husband kept asking when the tree would come down, while the girls, enjoyed sitting and looking at the lights at night time.  Come on, you can't tell me staring at a decorated Christmas tree, with twinkling lights is not relaxing.  :-)  Now, I am itching to put the tree up, but I know that my husband would have a fit and take it down on me.   So, I will have to wait until Thanksgiving evening, when I usually put the tree up with my mother, and now Savannah, while my dad makes turkey soup with the leftovers, and my husband relaxes.

While I wait to deck out our house for the holidays, I have already begun Christmas shopping for the girls, as I am not a fan of the crazy mall lines once the shopping season is in full swing.  I am one to order online, than brave the cold weather and lines at the stores.  How about you?  And, when I am not shopping for gifts for family and friends, I am enjoying reading Christmas stories to the girls.  So many book publishers have started releasing holiday books, including Random House, who recently released THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS by Tish Rabe.  This book is based on the hit animated series, airing daily on PBS Kids.  My girls can't get enough of the Cat in the Hat, and love Nick and Sally.  So, they were excited to see this book.  And, after reading it for the first time a couple of weeks ago, they now ask for it each evening as part of their bedtime routine.  Even though we have read it countless times, Savannah still turns to me and tells me she hopes the characters in the story get back home in time to celebrate Christmas.  And, she hopes that the fish gets his wish list done in time to mail to Santa. :-)

Fans of the hit show and Cat in the Hat books will love this Christmas-themed story, which has the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally, trying to get their friends back home after a holiday party the Cat threw.  But, when the Thinga-ma-jigger malfunctions, the Cat and his guests wonder if everyone will get home in time and safely.  What a fun read this book was, and one that I know will become a holiday favorite, and will be read each Christmas season with the girls.  Bella especially love the rhyming text and colorful illustrations that really get you excited about the holidays.  Now, to wait 105 more days until the man in red pays up a visit. :-)

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

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