Archive for November 15, 2015

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the newly released picture book, “The Knights Before Christmas” by Joan Holub (November 6 to 8, 2015).


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About The Book

Title: The Knights Before Christmas | Author: Joan Holub | Illustrator: Scott Magoon | Publication Date: September 8, 2015 | Publisher: Macmillan / Henry Holt | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 4 to 8

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Book Description:

‘Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragons . . .

But nothing would stop
their white-whiskered foe.
No matter their efforts,
he just would not go!

This parody of Clement Clarke Moore’s well-known poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is kid-friendly, clever, and just plain silly. Sure to become a holiday classic of a different kind!

My Review

You all know the poem “Twas The Night Before Christmas. I remember it from a very young age. My brothers and sisters and I used to like to make up our own words for the rhyming.That’s what Joan Holub has done.

Brave Knight, Polite Knight, and Silent Knight, three valiant young lads, must man the battlements, keeping the mysterious invader and his eight fierce dragons from entering the castle.

What a delightful story. The author got very creative with her telling. And she also had a fun little twist on the spirit of giving.

The book is large but not very thick. Easy for young readers to hold or for parents to read out loud to their kids.

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The pages are thick and glossy with so many colorful, delightful scenes. And there’s plenty of silly comments to make you and your little ones giggle.

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Jingle bells.

Invader smells.

Jingle all the waaay…”

A new book to add to your holiday tradition, reading it over and over..

5 Stars

Sneak Peek


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The Buzz About The Book

“There’s an excellent interplay between the amusing illustrations and the polished text, with lots of clever jokes for readers to discover in the art. These knights know how to keep the castle safe and the readers entertained”~ Kirkus Reviews

“A royal romp of holiday pratfalls and punnery. Yule love it!” ~ Tom Lichtenheld, bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

“A royal delight of a book! Sure to become a favorite holiday read-aloud in every household throughout the land!” ~ Judy Schachner, creator of the bestselling Skippyjon Jones

“A great premise…Magoon’s illustrations are vibrant and fun…!” ~ Publishers Weekly

“This rousing, ridiculous medieval “Night Before Christmas” parody jingles with castle- and holiday wordplay. Cheeky digital illustrations brim with good cheer.” ~ Horn Book

About the Author: Joan Holub

The Knights Before Christmas Joan Holub SIBA 2015 imageJoan Holub is the author of 140+ books for children including the acclaimed picture books Little Red Writing, The Knights Before Christmas, and Mighty Dads, a New York Times bestseller. Joan co-authors (with Suzanne Williams) three series: Goddess Girls (ages 8-12, Greek mythology with a middle school twist), Grimmtastic Girls (for ages 8-12, fairy tale adventure with a middle school twist), and Heroes in Training (ages 6-11, Greek mythology adventure chapter books). Watch for her upcoming chapter book, What Was Woodstock?, and her board book, This Little President, both available in early 2016!

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** Book Blast Giveaway **

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: November 19, 11:59 pm, 2015

Open to: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Joan Holub and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Some chit chat.

It was a good week. Busy at work. Busy at home. Had some fun with the family. And read some good books.

I spent some time over at my sister’s house this weekend. We did a lot of talking about our blogs and reading. We tossed back and forth some ideas on what we want to change next year.

I’m going to be doing things differently as far as books I take in for review and what kind of posts I’ll be sharing. Not huge changes, just making it less stressful and more fun.

I’m also going to be cleaning up things on my blog, updating my pages and such. And I’m going to start adding some graphics and a blog button. Making it more personal. My sister is going to help me with choosing some designs and it should be fun.

If anyone has some ideas on new content to add to my blog, things you’d like to see or see more of, please let me know!

Happy Sunday!

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Here are my new books for review.

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New ones just for fun.

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Books I reviewed this week. Click on the covers for my reviews.

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Books I’ll be reviewing next week.

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I might also have a surprise review for a brand new release too.


Other Posts on my blog this week.

Voodoo on the high seas ~ Red Tide by Jeff Lindsay ~ Review and Giveaway

The Stitching Hour by Amanda Lee ~ Tour Review and Giveaway

Teaser Tuesdays #135 ~ Tropical Depression

A Dickens Of A Murder by Joyce and Jim Lavene ~ Review and Giveaway

A Greek To Me Mystery ~ Olive And Let Die ~ Review and Giveaway

The Tap, Tap, Tapping…Nails by Fiona Dodwell ~ Review and Giveaway

Oblivion ~ A Medicine Man Novel by Joshua Ryan Ogg ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway

Wrong Place, Wrong Time ~ Murder On Safari by Peter Riva ~ Review and Giveaway

The Friday 56 #85 ~ The Captive Condition

Blind Shuffle ~ A Mystery/Thriller by Austin Williams ~ Excerpt and Giveaway


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