for Christmas stories! And my two favorites are Auntie Claus and Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas, by Elise Primavera. Why? Because they are my daughter’s favorites. She chooses these books any and every time we go to the library. Last year, I had to replace one of them because in the two week time period she completely wore it out. If books could talk, that would be their Christmas wish-to be loved so well. Who can say what it is about them she finds so wonderful, but there is a LOT to choose from. It could be the storylines- spoiled children who learn the spirit of Christmas and believing in something magical, the lilting language, Mr. Pudding (easily the cutest Santa’s helper ever! and my personal favorite since Katelin can say “pudding”) or the big guy himself. Each story has just the right touch of whimsy and the characters all have different personalities that stay true throughout both books. These books have something for everyone, hidden meaning, children who are believable, beautiful illustrations and adventure.
The Kringle family LOVES Christmas, but no one loves it more than Auntie Claus. Up in penthouse 25C of the Bing Cherry Hotel, Auntie Claus is “so mysterioso” and Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of some very pressing questions. What does the special key that hangs around Auntie Claus’ neck do? Why does she go away every year before Christmas? Sophie stows away and goes on an adventure of self-discovery and learns that yes, indeed, it is “far better to give than it is to receive.”
In the follow-up, her little brother, Chris, (named after “you know who”) questions whether or not there is a Santa Claus or a BB and G list (Bad Boys and Girls list) and sets out to get his name on it. Bad manners, whining and general misbehaving lands him not only on the list, but LOCKED OUT OF CHRISTMAS and only a very special ”key” can get him back in.
These two books have definitely become classics for us, though no matter what ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas still reigns supreme on Christmas Eve!