Sunday, December 8, 2019

Welcome in the Winter Season and Christmas with These Two New Picture Books + Chapter Book from MacMillan Publishers (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

The holidays are fast approaching, and with the recent snow storms back to back, I can tell that winter is knocking at our door.  When winter rolls around, I like to have a stash of books to read, as I watch the snow fall outside.  And, I know my girls, who are also avid readers, love reading a new book, or a new book in one of their favorite chapter book series.  I wanted to share two new picture books and a chapter book from Macmillan Publishers, which we were recently sent to enjoy.  These books sure did come in handy with the back to back snow storms we had last week, that dropped over 18 inches of show, mixed with ice and rain. 

About this book:

"In Bad Kitty: Searching for Santa, by bestselling author/illustrator Nick Bruel, Kitty's back for another Christmas tale—this time involving Santa and complete with a colorful poster!

In this hilarious story, Kitty battles with Santa and loses. Or does she?

Kitty wants to write a letter.
Actually, she wants to write a letter to Santa.
But has Kitty been good this year?
Hmmm . . . Kitty’s not so sure.

She writes the letter anyway and is soon on her way to meet Santa in real life at the mall!
Will she make it in time? Will Santa give Kitty what she’s asking for?"
My Thoughts:
Both of my girls are big fans of the Bad Kitty picture books series.  They were first introduced to them back in preschool, and have continued to read them on their own. This cute picture book is perfect for Christmas time reading, or as an addition to your family's holiday book advent.  The hardcover book also comes with a cute pull out poster featuring Bad Kitty, that kids can hang on their walls.  

My girls really enjoyed this festive picture book that had Bad Kitty in a bah humbug behavior while searching for Santa.  Don't worry, I will not spoil the ending to the book.  You will just have to pick up it and read it to your children to see if Bad Kitty finds Santa, and gets what she is asking for.

About this book:

"In this hilarious second novel in Sam Hay's action packed illustrated chapter book series, Spy Penguins, two young adventure-loving and gadget-obsessed penguins must prove their favorite uncle is innocent before the Frosty Bureau of Investigation locks him away forever!

Jackson and Quigley were this close to joining the FBI (Frosty Bureau of Investigation), until Jackson’s mom found out and they ended up scrubbing seagull poop instead. At least they have Uncle Bryn’s birthday party to look forward to. But when they get to the Ice Cream parlor, the FBI agents are acting strange. Instead of talking, Uncle Bryn and his friends just finish their glowing green ice cream, then jump into a waiting ice cream truck and disappear.

It's obvious that something has gone very, very wrong, and now Uncle Bryn is suspected of being a master thief! Can Jackson and Quigley solve the case before Uncle Bryn is locked away forever?"

My Thoughts:

My oldest daughter got hooked on this chapter book series after seeing it spotlighted last month at our library.  She was able to whip through the first book in this series in one night, and has eagerly been awaiting the next installment of Spy Penguins.  So, when she saw this book arrive in the mail the other day, she was all smiles, and ran up to her room where it was quiet to read it.  A couple hours later she came down with a smile on her, ready to tell me all about this fun new book, and what it was about. Just by hearing her so passionate describe the story, it made me want to read the book.

If your child is looking for a fun new chapter book to read, or you are looking for a new series to gift this holiday season, I highly recommend Spy Penguins, with books #1 and #2 now available for purchase.

About this book:

"A charming holiday picture book about a girl, her pet lion, and a Christmas adventure.
Iris and her lion go everywhere together. But when Christmas comes and the family is going away, Mum says the lion must stay behind. 
After all, you can't take a lion on a train. Luckily the lion has other ideas. He sets off on a festive, snowy adventure to find Iris—and almost bumps into Santa Claus!

Helen Stephens's How to Hide a Lion at Christmas will warm young readers' hearts with its colorful illustrations and funny text depicting a sweet friendship."
My Thoughts:
We read this cute picture book last night as part of our holiday book advent.  It was a fun read, and easy to understand story, that even the youngest of listeners will enjoy.  My girls and I loved the colorful and playful illustrations that filled the pages of this new picture book, and found ourselves lingering of each page to take in all the details of the illustrations that helped bring this holiday-themed book to life.  
If you are looking for a fun, new holiday book to share with your family as you count down to Christmas, then I highly recommend you checking out this new picture book.  it is a cute read, and does a great job at sharing the sweet message of friendship, that kids will pick up on, as they read through the book with you, or on their own.
You can learn more about these books from Macmillan Publishers by visiting And, while you are there, check out their other new and upcoming board, picture and chapter books for kids of all ages.  Toys are always fun to find under the tree, but books are one gift that kids will enjoy time and again, and offer up quality time with parents, as you sit and enjoy a good book together with your child, after a long day of work and school.

Disclosure: I was sent review copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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