Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls Illustrated by Veronica Vasylenko

Two beloved wintertime songs have been added to pictures thanks to Tiger Tales Books and talented artist Veronica Vasylenko.

The mouse family is celebrating taking a wintertime sleigh ride as they pack up the adults and the children in their “one-horse open sleigh.” Over the hills they go, bells jingling on the horse’s tail, playing their instruments, and arriving at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

In this beautifully illustrated padded board book, Jingle Bells the song comes alive in a new way. The glitter varnish on the cover and inside pages gives it a wintery glow that will captivate young readers ages 2- 5.

The mouse family returns in Deck the Halls, where they are getting ready for Christmas by decorating the tree, sitting around the Yule log, baking treats, and entertaining friends. Like Jingle Bells, Vasylenko has captured the joys of the season with her little mouse family. With lights and door jambs decorated with holly leaves, and holly berries adorning the walls, there is so much for young readers to enjoy.

These books are quick reads that will be fun to read aloud and sing aloud. They would make great storytime books. I like that they remained consistent between the two books, formatting them the same, using the same font on each, and using the glitter varnish on each padded board book.

These are definitely books you and your kids can enjoy all season long!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Jingle Bells

  • Publisher:Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10:1589258215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258211
  • SRP:  $8.95

Deck the Halls

  • Publisher:Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10:1589258681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258686
  • SRP:  $8.95

I received FREE copies of these book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide this review.



This book completes 4 out of the 4 books I agreed to read for The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge. To see my list visit here.

Panda-Monium by Cynthia Platt

A silly rhyming adventure is what you’ll find in Panda-Monium! by Cynthia Platt.

Beckett’s panda belly rumbles with hunger, so off he stomps in search of some sweet bamboo. As he moves along the line of pandas behind him grows: two, then three more, then five more. Soon it’s a hungry crew of pandas that climbs the tree looking for bamboo. What results is Panda-Monium!

Cynthia Platt, author of A Little Bit of Love–which we reviewed here–is back with a zany animal adventure in rhyme. This book has some great phonetic action words: rumbling, crunchy, stomp, rolled, and more. These words are highlighted to draw the child’s attention to them.  I stumbled over a few verses as I read it aloud to my daughter, but overall the melody worked.

What I found interesting about this book is that Beckett is oblivious to the crowd gathering behind him, and alone by the end, not even aware by then that he was part of this chaos.  I like how he is portrayed as being so focused on his goal. It’s almost like a hidden message.

Veronica Vasylenko provides beautiful artwork for Panda-Monium! Like the text, the artwork involves a lot of action. Two butterflies follow Beckett and his group throughout the book’s pages.

Panda-Monium! is a charming book.  Many kids will enjoy following along Beckett’s journey to satisfy his hunger.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10:9781589250932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589250932
  • SRP:  $15.95

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