Some Unusual Takes on Christmas

What does a stick man have to do with Christmas?

What do reindeer do in their spare time?

What’s a Christmas farm like?

And how would the illustrator for A Series of Unfortunate Events depict Dickens?

Books answering these questions and many more you  have  never considered are available in our collection.  Listed in no particular order:

Duck & Goose: It’s Time For Christmas duck

In this adorable board book, goose would rather catch snowflakes or build forts than decorate the Christmas tree. Luckily, duck is persistent. At my house, we take turns being  duck and goose .

santa1I’m Not Santa

Baby Hare insists Baby Owl is Santa and Baby Owl’s not going to stand for it.  It takes Santa, himself,  to restore  the peace. By the author of I‘m Not Cute and I’m Not Scared.

Inside, Outside Christmas

Inside, cooking. Outside, looking. Inside, munching. Outside, crunching. With very few words, a loving mouse family shows our littlest ones what Christmas is all about.nativity

The Nativity illustrated by Julie Vivas

Vivas  adds her madcap watercolors to the solemn text of the King James Bible making it, at once, more accessible  and magical.

Christmas Farm trees

Wilma, middle-aged and then some, wants to graduate from growing sunflowers to raising Christmas trees. Parker is five, the same as the seedlings; he helps her plant sixty-two dozen. Both of them age, as five years go by, before the trees that survive are ready, at last. A lovely intergenerational story to share and savor.

stick Stick Man

If you’re tired of treacly Christmas books, you may like this rolicking tale. Stick man sets out only to be mistaken over and over for a stick. He’s tossed, sent down river, thrown for a dog and almost set fire! It  turns out to be lucky he’s in the fireplace, since he rescues Santa. Santa returns the favor and gets stick man back to his lonley family, just in time for the holiday.

Uncles and Antlersreindeer

Little did we know reindeer ski, deep sea dive, race and impersonate Elvis. Luckily, they pull Santa’s sleigh, too, or we’d be out of luck.

carolA Christmas Carol illus. by Brett Helquist

Who better to capture the horror and glee of this classic than the illustrator from A Series of Unfortunate Events? Josh Greenhut has skillfully abridged  Dickens words in a handsome  picture book edition.

The Christmas Gift El regalo de Navidad gift

This is the anti-Christmas Carol. The only gift a poor migrant workers’ son wants for Christmas is a ball. But, although his family has nothing of their own, his father manages to make Christmas happier for a couple in even worst straits.

Millie in the Snow millie1

At the end of a long day, the post man sends Millie, his mail cow, on her own to bring Christmas gifts to the farmer. To say Millie’s route is circuitous would be an understatement. But the gifts arrive and even though none of them serve their intended purpose, the lady farmer shares the post man’s affection, so all’s right in the barn.

Stan Lee’s Superhero Christmas superhero

When the Ice King traps Santa, The Protector family gets going. This unconventional Christmas story will satisfy even the most devoted  fan.

A Christmas Like Helen’s helens

“To have a Christmas like Helen’s, you have to be born on a Vermont hill farm before cars, or phones or electricity.” Despite hard work and hard times, Helen and her six siblings manage to have a  lot of fun and a very happy holiday.

bears1Where Teddy Bears Come From

The graphic art depicting Little Wolf’s search is superb.  He doesn’t discover where all teddy bears come from but his is a gift  from a friendly guy in a red suit.

May your holidays  be merry,


About Tina Zubak

I've been a librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for about 12 years, first at the Beechview branch and now at Children's. I've written some books myself, but alas, no publications. Among my favorite books are BFG, Houndsley and Catrina and the Quiet Time, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Nation and Rose Daughter.
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