Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas - Book Review & Giveaway

I really, really need to start writing out my Christmas cards. A couple of years ago, I found a few boxes of Christmas cards illustrated by Holly Hobbie to send out. I love her adorable illustrations and all of her books. This Christmas, though, it looks like I could use Puddle's help (from the Toot & Puddle picture books) to get my cards out in time!

In Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas, Puddle is home in Woodcock Pocket trying to prepare for Christmas without Toot. Christmas is only a couple days away and poor Toot's flight home is delayed in Edinburgh because of an ice storm. Puddle writes out the Christmas cards but can't mail them without Toot's signature. He bakes and brings home a Christmas tree, all the while worrying that Toot won't make it home for Christmas. When Toot's flight finally lands, heavy snows make it nearly impossible to find his way home...that is until a lucky nut and a mysterious stranger help save the day.

As always, Holly Hobbie's watercolor illustrations steal the show. The winter snow scene pictures help set the holiday mood perfectly. I also adore the large, two-page airplane illustration where Toot is singing Jingle Bells. The back of the paperback book includes two punch-out Toot & Puddle ornaments to hang on your tree. Toot & Puddle fans will surely enjoy this book as well as all preschoolers though early grade school readers. This large-size, paperback reprint edition is printed on quality paper and would make an excellent holiday gift!

Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas by Hollie Hobbie. Little, Brown and Company (October 2008), 32 pages, ISBN 9780316033831

As a side note, if you are lucky enough to get the Noggin Channel, they started airing a new original animated series starring Toot & Puddle in November. Toot & Puddle follows a pair of best friends who travel the world and find adventure wherever they go. Tune in Sunday, 12/14/08 for "I'll Be Home for Christmas" @ 7PM ET.

Related links for Toot & Puddle printables, games and more:
Noggin's Toot & Puddle TV series site
National Geographic's Toot & Puddle site



Win your own paperback copy! Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has kindly offered to sponsor a giveaway. Five (5) winners will receive a copy of Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas.

To enter, let me know the title of your favorite Christmas or snow related children's book in the comment section.

• For contact purposes, if you are a non-blogger or your email is not accessible in your blog profile, please leave a valid email address within the comment section.
• Contest is open to US only
• Contest ends on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winners will be chosen at random
Three ways to gain extra entries (Maximum total entries is 4):
1st extra entry: Follow Me! or subscribe by email or RSS reader
2nd extra entry: Blog about this contest then post your link in the comment section.
3rd extra entry: Follow me on twitter and tweet about the contest.

71 comments:

RebekahC said...

My girls and I actually got this book out from the library the other day, and I was going to post my review shortly. LOL Great minds! My review will be a bit different from yours though as we didn't care for it. I thought the illustrations were nice, but the story fell flat for me.

shelburns said...

Wow; great giveaway! My favorite children's Christmas book is The Littlest Angel.

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

ddurance said...

I love How the Grinch Stole Christmas! He's a mean one, but I love him. LOL

Deidre

nanja said...

What a fun story. I'm sure children of all ages (that includes adults!) would love readimg this Christmas story.

nanja said...

Following twitter username nanja46
Tweeted
http://twitter.com/nanja46/status/1050342689

nanja[at]comcast[dot]net

nanja said...

Blogged this giveaway
http://nanja-nansplace.blogspot.com/2008/12/brimful-curiositoes-toot-puddle-ill-be.html

nanja[at]comcast[dot]net

Aimee said...

Our favorite Christmas book is "The Littlest Angel". Love it!!

kpmomma said...

My daughter and I LOVE to read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats together. We enjoy the simple adventures and can relate to the disappointments of not being old enough to play with the big kids and of finding that a snowball will not last once placed in a pocket.

kpmomma said...

I have subscribed to your blog and I'm now one of your followers. :)

kpmomma said...

I have retweeted your tweet. LOL http://twitter.com/Kpmomma/status/1052276658

adennispac said...

Hi hi hi!
I would love Toot and Pudddle (as would the kids). My favorite Christmas book is the Polar Express.
Thanks!
Amy B.
adennispac@yahoo.com

JennD811 said...

Our fave Christmas book is Polar Express

Jennd811 at yahoo dot com

stacey @ bookthirty said...

I finally read the actual Polar Express book this year to my kids, and we loved it. I believe it's a new favorite. :) Thanks for the giveaway (it looks LOVEly)!

Renee G said...

I love reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas (but then I love all of Dr. Seuss.)

rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

Yooperchick said...

A little-known book called "Mr. Gonopolis and his 12 Holsteins" has been a christmas tradition for me for many years.

Abby said...

My girls are a big fan of the Little Critter books so they really enjoy Mercer Mayer version of Night before Christmas!

My older daughter really likes The Greatest Christmas Pageant ever!

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

Betsy said...

also dr suess how the grinch stole christmas. who doesnt like that book!!?

Christine said...

Let's see...my girls and I really like the Santa Mouse book.

chrissoolee@yahoo.com

jenny said...

wow i love to win this and well how abt one of mine is the night befor christmas and miney others also thanks

Sweetpeas said...

Last year for homeschool we read Snowflake Bentley. I found it FASCINATING! It quickly became one of my favorite books!

Jill said...

Two favorites - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and The Polar Express

Thank you!

Jill said...

Blogged about the contest here -


http://www.contests4mamas.com/2008/12/toot-puddle-christmas-childrens-book-by.html

Steph said...

My favorite story is How the Grinch Stole Christmas...a classic!

onangelwings said...

We love the Polar Express and after they saw the movie this became a nightly staple.

It would be wonderful to add another book to our Christmas library.

The Barnharts said...

mine would have to be the Snowman- no talking in the movie and now words in the book but so powerful!

klh said...

Our favorite Christmas book has to be The Gift Bearer! Great story & illustrations... Polar Express comes in at a close second!

Carolsue said...

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree is a favorite!
digicat{AT}sbcglobal{DOT}net

Sara said...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is definitely one of our favorites!

Bettina said...

The Winter Cat is one of our favorites. The illustrations are stunning!

bewell75 at gmail dot com

Jessie V said...

i just love cranberry christmas, a followup to cranberry thanksgiving. it is adorable!! thanks for this great giveaway - we love toot and puddle!

jessie [at] wanderingeducators dot com

Clemencia said...

thanks so much for the giveaway, I think our favorite is 'Twas the night before christmas

Robyn said...

We love to read a book called Christmas is Coming, with four different stories. It gets us in the Christmas spirit every time!

Staci said...

Our favorite Christmas book right now is Corduroy's Christmas Surprise. The Toot & Puddle book sounds adorable! Thanks for the chance to enter!
princess3sah(at)cs(dot)com

The Halton Mom said...

We have to many favorites at my house. My daughter adores books. I would say Amelia Bedila Goes Camping is a big one in our family though.

lil_wifey21 at yahoo dot com

Taryn said...

I don't even remember the name but as a little girl I had a pop up book about Santa's workshop that had a ballerina that spun around :)

Seeryus Mama said...

My favorite is The Polar Express. Every year we make a big deal out of hearing the bell. I just love it!

seeryusfam@msn.com

Kaye said...

The Night before Christmas was, is and always shall be my favorite.

nancy said...

My kids love TOOT & PUDDLE books. They are so cute! Our favorite book is The True Meaning of Christmas.
Thanks
Nsurja(at)hotmail(dot)com

blueviolet said...

We love The Twelve Days of Christmas popup by Robert Sabuda.
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net

blueviolet said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted
http://twitter.com/blueviolet/status/1060423103

Theresa N. said...

My favorite is Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Love the pictures!
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

abigail said...

I love the book "Silver Packages" about a young boy from the Appalachian Mountains.

leftymylou at gmail dot com

Tamara said...

My children's favorite Christmas book is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. They movie is excellent too.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Becky Workman said...

I'd love to win this book and share it with my kids!

My favorite was always "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and has become my daughters favorite too!

Happy Holiday's and thanks for the giveaway!

kysmom02[AT]hotmail[DOT]com

MJ said...

I love The Crippled lamb. The lamb's name is Joshua - just like my youngest son!


mj.coward@gmail.com

Smiles Across Miles said...

My favorite is "Bear Stays Up for Christmas". Thanks for the great giveaway!

barbmccrea said...

I always loved reading Frosty the snowman to my kids when they were really little, that's my favorite.