Christmas New Releases 2014

A few new releases have crossed my desk in the lead up to Christmas, and few others I have heard about from colleagues. Here is a quick round up of what’s new on the shelves, and who these picture books might be suitable for as a gift this Christmas…


“One kiss for baby, under mistletoe. Two kisses for baby, catching falling snow…”

Title: Count My Christmas Kisses

Publisher: Harper Collins / ABC Books

Author: Ruthie May

Illustrator: Tamsin Ainslie

Comment: A sweet, simple counting book perfect for baby’s first Christmas. It’s unfortunately very European for an Australian picture book (no snow here!) but it is delightful nonetheless. Recommended for Under 2s, and for young children who have welcomed a baby sibling this year.


Mr Darcy Pudding

“With the fire crackling in the background, they all helped with the mixture for Mr Darcy’s famous Christmas pudding…”

Title: Mr Darcy and the Christmas Pudding

Publisher: New Frontier

Author: Alex Field

Illustrator: Peter Carnavas

Comment: Alex Field has previously released two other Mr Darcy books, also illustrated by Peter Carnavas. This one incorporates the tradition of Stir Up Sunday, and a brief factual account of the origin of the tradition is included at the end. For fans of Mr Darcy – the duck. Recommended for ages 5-8.



“His bauble bombs smell so bad I can’t wrap presents in my room…”

Title: There is a Monster Under My Christmas Tree Who Farts

Publisher: Harper Collins / ABC Books

Author/Illustrator: Tim Miller and Matt Stanton

Comment: I cannot believe I just typed that title on my blog. Sigh. Ok, ok, so it’s not my style – but it is bound to appeal to some kids this Christmas. And to Uncles. Lots and lots of uncles. Recommended for Uncles aged 20-50.



Other highly recommended new releases to look out for:

  • One Night (Penny Matthews / Stephen Michael King). This tells the story of the first Christmas through the eyes of the animals and is my pick for 2014.
  • Tea and Sugar Christmas (Jane Jolly / Robert Ingpen). Based on the true story of the train that travelled across the Nullabor Plain weekly for over 80 years. Features critically acclaimed Australian illustrator Robert Ingpen.
  • Little Dog and the Christmas Wish (Corinne Fenton / Robin Cowcher). The illustrations are quintessentially Melbourne, and Corinne Fenton’s stories are always poetically told. For dog lovers.


*I received copies of Count My Christmas Kisses, Mr Darcy and the Christmas Pudding, and There’s a Monster Under My Christmas Tree courtesy of the publishers. No payment was received for review and all opinions are my own. 

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  1. Hi, you have won the copy of One Night from my blog All Things Mum. Please e-mail me your address so I can send it to you asap!! Thanks, Kim

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