I saw this book highlighted on many blogs I read, and now I have to join the chorus. It’s beautifully illustrated, and my secular daughter found the story appealing but somewhat mystifying since we don’t have a Nativity set at home. It led to some interesting discussions about the reasons behind Christmas and why Mortimer decided to give his new house back to the statues. She also enjoyed a happy end of the story, but commented several times that Mortimer needs to go back to his own home and make it nicer.
Unexpectedly Gingerbread Baby was the second book that was requested very often during this week. Anna didn’t like Jan Brett books before, but they had more ambiguous endings or were a little scary for her. This one has a perfect happy end, and she enjoyed looking at beautiful illustrations. She only couldn’t understand why Matti didn’t tell her parents about Gingerbread Baby.
Every Sunday of December Anna was allowed to pick the book for home during our weekly visits to Barnes and Noble as part of Advent celebration. We were not thrilled with her last pick, since we are not big fans of sound books. However, she refused to put it down or negotiate for a different book, so we had to honor our commitment. We read Snappy Sounds together several times and then she was content to read it to herself and listen to
annoying festive sounds on the pages.
Anna picked this book in the library, and I didn’t realize that it’s a chapter book before we got to reading it. We read it in one sitting, but it’s rather long. It was interesting to see how hard Anna’s mind worked to understand what happens in the book. It has a surprising twist in the middle and a happy end, but after talking about it non-stop, looking at the pictures and asking many questions Anna declared the book scary and wanted it to be returned to the library at once. Still I think that it deserves a review, since I like it when the book rattles her mind somewhat and makes it work. Snappy Sounds surely doesn’t :).
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