Book review: The Twelve Days of Christmas, illustrated by Emma Randall

Randall, Emma. The Twelve Days of Christmas. Penguin Workshop, 2017. $16.99. ISBN 978-0-515-15763-5. 32 pgs. Ages 3-9. P7 Q9

Beautiful illustrations accompany this holiday classic and give it new life. Each page is filled with gifts of the 12 days of Christmas. Illustrator, Emma Randall does a phenomenal job of recreating a story that has been done many times in a new and beautiful version.

Verdict: This would be a wonderful addition to any school or home library. The thick pages and beautiful illustrations are engaging and make this a sturdy book that could be enjoyed for many years to come. The popularity rating of 7 is due to engaging pictures in a holiday classic. The quality rating of 9 is due to the high quality binding and engaging illustrations.

November 2017 review by Michelle Cottrell


Book review: The Twelve Days of Christmas, by Alison Jay

Jay, Alison. The Twelve Days of Christmas.  Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-553-49661-1. Unp. Ages 1-6. P9 Q9

Jay Twelve Days of ChristmasThe well known Christmas carol is depicted nicely in this beautiful story of a couple who are on their way to a party and are collecting the items from the song for the party.  I enjoyed this book because on the pages where there are so many words the author wraps them around the edges of the page to make it fun and interesting.  I like how the story starts and ends with a simple pear.  The art work is beautiful and festive.

December 2015 review by Melinda Dye.