Think out of the box when giving Alison Jay’s ‘Christmastime’


CHRISTMASTIME,” by Alison Jay, Dial, Nov. 8, 2012, Hardcover, $16.99 (ages 3 and up)

When I first received “Christmastime” for review, it was in a packet of books. I thumbed through, thinking it was cute and added it to my stack of to-review Christmas books.

The book took on new meaning, however, when my mom came to me with a conundrum. Her mother, now getting into her upper 80s has Alzheimer’s. Granny’s no longer mobile and lives in a care facility in another state. My mom was looking for a Christmas gift, preferably a book, that would appeal to Granny in her current mental state. Alison Jay’s “Christmastime” was the first book that popped into my mind.

“Christmastime” is very simple. Each page contains a term or terms pertaining to the holiday season and corresponding artwork. Alison’s artwork is beautiful. It features a crackly finish that gives it an antique, folk art feel. Her images are recognizable and evoke warm memories of years past. And though the intended audience is children, it appeals to all ages.

After showing the book to my mom, she agreed it was the perfect gift for Granny. We immediately sat down and ordered a second copy — I wanted to keep one for myself. I’m sure this will become a family favorite for a number of reasons. Totally worth the purchase price.

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About Author

Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

1 Comment

  1. Oh, I love Alison Jay’s artwork! I didn’t know she had a Christmas book–but it looks like one I’ll definitely want to add to my collection. What a sweet gift for your grandma!

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