2009 Holiday Gift Ideas from Chronicle Books

I received this email from Chronicle Books today.  Some of these books I’ve reviewed or will be reviewing.  Others are new to me.  I’m a huge fan of their books, so check out the Chronicle Books website for more holiday gift choices. 

Ivy & BeanIvy & Bean: Doomed to Dance

By Annie Barrows

$14.99 – Hardcover

Ages 6 to 10

 The eagerly-anticipated 6th book in the hit series by Annie Barrows. Ivy and Bean beg their mothers for ballet lessons, but soon discover they HATE ballet class. Can they figure out a way to get out of it, or are they Doomed to Dance? Find out more at http://www.chroniclebooks.com/ivyandbean/ 

Duck! Rabbit!Duck! Rabbit!

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Illustrated by Tom Litchenheld

$15.95 – Hardcover
Ages 3 and up 

This New York Times Best-Seller will have readers young and old asking, is it a duck, or a rabbit?  Find out more and check out this book’s trailer at http://www.chroniclebooks.com/duckrabbit/.

The Little Books Boxed Set

The Little Books SetLittle Pea – Little Hoot – Little Oink

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Illustrated by Jen Corace

$19.99 – Boxed Boardbooks

Ages 3 and up 

Three adorable characters in three adorable board books. These clever twists on dinnertime, bedtime and clean-up time will delight the little mess-makers.  Find out more at http://www.chroniclebooks.com/littlebooks/

Creature ABCCreature ABC

By Andrew Zuckerman

$19.99 – Hardcover

All ages

 This deluxe alphabet book features 120 pages of renowned Andrew Zuckerman’s breathtaking wildlife photography. From alligator to zebra.  Order at http://www.chroniclebooks.com/index/main,book-info/store,kids/products_id,8225/title,Creature-ABC/


Dinosaurs by Dennis Schatz

Vehicles by Ben Grossblatt

Wild Animals by Linda Falken

$29.99 each – Hardcover

Ages 4 and up 

Stereobooks feature built-in stereo speakers, so readers feel surrounded by sound as they listen to the 15 action-packed scenes in each book. Read more at http://www.chroniclebooks.com/stereobooks/.

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Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Little_OinkPigs are messy right? Well, not Little Oink. The one thing he really doesn’t enjoy is “Mess up time”. That’s when pigs are supposed to make a mess. But Little Oink wants to have a clean room like his friends.

Papa Pig tells him that respectable pigs must learn how to make a “proper mess”. So, Little Oink snorts and goes off to mess up his room, saying to himself, “When I grow up, I’m going to let my kids clean up their rooms as much as they want.”

Once Little Oink messes his room up to his parents’ satisfaction, he can go out and play his favorite game–house. Now he can finally do what he wants!

I haven’t read Little Pea and Little Hoot from creators Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace, but I did read and review Rosenthal’s book with Tom Litchenheld, Duck! Rabbit!. You’ll find that review here.

Rosenthal tackles the challenging issue of cleaning your room in a funny way. Parent/child relationships can be so contentious at times, especially where a strong-willed child is involved–take it from a strong-willed mother who has a strong-willed daughter.

While I seriously doubt any child will be running off to clean her room after reading Little Oink, the book shows in a non-confrontational way that while children should obey their parents, there will also be a time to do what the child wants to do; thereby encouraging a child to explore her individuality.

A delightful and fun story for young readers. I’ll certainly be keeping my eye on what Amy Krouse Rosenthal is up to next.

Rating:   🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Chronicle Books 
  • ISBN-10: 0811866556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866552
  • SRP:  $14.99 (U.S.) 
  • Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Litchenheld

    Duck! Rabbit!It’s a duck. No, I think it’s a rabbit. No, maybe a duck. It could be a rabbit. A fun new twist on the age-old optical illusion becomes the story behind Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Litchenheld.

    Unseen narrators argue over whether the photo before them is a duck or a rabbit, each seeing it from his or her own perspective until they finally consider each other’s perspectives, and that’s when…

    My daughter loved this book so much that she used it as a reading selection for school. Its simple design with just over 300 words is perfect for children who are close to reading on their own or who are already independent readers; but this book is also a superb choice to read to your child because it allows a parent to ask her child what animal he sees in each frame–which makes the book interactive. And as the story progresses, your child can witness how easy it is to let go of an argument and move back to playtime.

    There are some cute additions that parents will get a kick out of. The inside flap has another exchange between the two narrators about whether a duck or a rabbit is shown on the front cover, and the combination dedication/copyright page is found at the end of the book and includes more of the authors’ humor.

    I look forward to more Rosenthal/Litchenheld collaborations…and so will your children.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • ISBN-10: 0811868656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811868655
  • SRP:  $16.99 (U.S.)