Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Review: The Midnight Visitors

Christmas. It’s all about Jesus.

Since we want the focus at our house to be on Him, you’ll see a lot more nativity books in our house right now than Santa books (nothing personal against Santa, mind you). It’s easy for those books to blend together with the same storyline every time, though. So I’m constantly on the lookout for books that tell the story from different angles and with different twists.

Here’s a sweet book for the littles that tells the story from the cow’s perspective.

Synopsis of Book

Midnight VIsitorsMiriam was glad to be warm and cozy. There were so many people in the town but it was nice and peaceful inside her cowshed. Little did she know that she would soon be joined by Midnight Visitors . . . and not just any old visitors!

Snuggle up and enjoy the warm, soft feel the art and narrative bring to this delightful Christmas picture book with a difference.

About the Author

Juliet David has written many children's stories and Bible activity books. Her other interests include painting, music, and travel to Israel and other Bible lands. This experienced author lives in London with her family.

About the Illustrator

Jo Parry trained at Bournemouth Arts Institute before becoming a full-time artist. She illustrates mainly greetings cards, fine art, and children's books, adapting her fun, colorful style to each of these genres. She creates her characteristic style using an Apple Mac, and is fulfilling a lifelong dream working as an illustrator. Jo lives in Bournemouth, on England's south coast.

Genre:  Children’s Christian Story Book ages 2-6
Physical Description:  Hardback, 32 pages 
List Price:  $14.99
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Mom’s Review:

  • Adorable! This book is pure sweetness!  Adorable animals making adorable sounds, climaxing with a special sweet baby. The words and colorful illustrations work very well together.
  • Read-aloud Sounds. Many pages highlight simple sounds that make this a fun read-aloud for the littles. “Ruff Ruff,” “To whit – to whoo,” Knock, knock!” to give a few.
  • Humor. There’s some good humor in the book to make it fun for the olders, as well! For instance, the innkeeper tells Mary and Joseph, “It’s the best I can do.” This is followed by the main character cow’s, thoughts: “What a cheek. There’s nothing wrong with my cowshed!”

Overall, a terrific book to add to your Christmas collection. It’s about Jesus, and it’s written in a fun, sweet way that is guaranteed to appeal to your little ones.

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Kregel Publications for coordinating this book for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.