Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Midnight Visitors by Juliet David and Jo Parry

Miriam was glad to be warm and cozy. There were so many people in the town but it was nice and peaceful inside her cowshed. Little did she know that she would soon be joined by Midnight Visitors . . . and not just any old visitors!

Snuggle up and enjoy the warm, soft feel the art and narrative bring to this delightful Christmas picture book with a difference.

A read-to-me tale for Christmas.

Available on Amazon and Kregel

About the Authors:
Juliet David has written many children's stories and Bible activity books. Her other interests include painting, music, and travel to Israel and other Bible lands. This experienced author lives in London with her family.

Jo Parry trained at Bournemouth Arts Institute before becoming a full-time artist. She illustrates mainly greetings cards, fine art, and children's books, adapting her fun, colorful style to each of these genres. She creates her characteristic style using an Apple Mac, and is fulfilling a lifelong dream working as an illustrator. Jo lives in Bournemouth, on England's south coast.

My Thoughts:
This is a really cute book for younger children. Written from Miriam, the cow's, perspective. She is just bedding down for a good night's rest on a cold evening when she hears a Tap Tap Tap at the door. A family of rabbits is looking for  a warm place to stay. Finally getting re-settled, she hears a Rat Tat Tat noise. The cutest fox is also looking for a warm place to snuggle up for the night. (This part was kind of funny because he says "Ruff - Ruff" and my daughter was reading it and she gives me this look and starts laughing. "Foxes don't say Ruff Ruff", she said. "Dogs do!" Actually, according to a google search, foxes do sound a bit like dogs with more of a yip.)  Eventually, some special visitors show up. Being this is a Christmas season book, I bet you can guess who they were.

The illustrations in this book are colorful and beautiful. The story is short and sweet. It doesn't ever really name the mother and father or the baby, but if you know the Christmas story, you get the gist of who they are. It's a night not just Miriam but the kids will remember forever.

I received this book from Kregel blog tours in exchange for my honest review. 

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