Let me preface this by stating, I know it’s not even Halloween, but I am already excited for the holiday season. It’s totally cliché but I love how magical the season has become for the kiddos with each passing year!
And one of my absolute favorite parts of the holiday season are the holiday books we read. I love sharing the stories that my mother read to me, but I have also truly adored discovering new books that create new traditions.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to review a new children’s picture book by the super sweet Maria Ashworth. If that wasn’t nice enough in and of itself, this book has already won a place on our holiday reading list (and, I’m sure, for much longer than the holiday season!).
The book is, Iggy Loo, which tells the tale of a little penguin who lives in a snow globe and longs to know what the world outside his glass house would be like.
Something I mentioned when I first started this blog is that, not only am I a librarian myself, I am the daughter of two librarians (and my mother was a children’s librarian for nearly her entire career). So it’s safe to say that I’ve seen my share of picture books. 😉
So with that in mind, trust me when I say, this story is incredibly special. Maria paints a beautiful picture with her words (that compliment the actual adorable pictures in the book). Iggy’s story stirs all the senses – I felt like I could truly smell, feel, hear, and taste the world that Iggy longs to live in.
Iggy Loo is a unique but also genuinely classic holiday tale that deserves to be on anyone’s bookshelf! And just to confirm that, Brynn has asked “One more time, please?” every. single. time. we have read the story (which pretty much never happens anymore). She even tried to sneak my iPad into bed last night after we read it (since we were reading a digital copy)!
I just love that she fell in love with this magical, wonderful story as much as I did.
Iggy Loo will be released on November 1, 2016, so do yourself a favor and pick this up. It would make an excellent Christmas/holiday gift (even a special story to break out as a treat on Christmas Eve itself!).
Thank you, Maria, for allowing me this sneak peek of such an amazing book! I look forward to reading and re-reading this story for years to come. 🙂
Also, be sure to check out Maria’s interview with the man, er, penguin himself, Iggy, here!
*I was allowed advance access to this book by the author herself, but this review is absolutely, 100% my own!*