Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Today's read... In the Holly Jolly North Pole by Joel Stern

When I was offered the chance to take a peek at today's read, I was already smiling before I opened the cover. This isn't only a holiday read for the youngest bookworms out there, which promises the delight of Santa's elves and the North Pole. This one is a pop-up book! I've always adored pop-up books, since they add so much fun to the illustrations. These were my favorite as a kid and are a still a treat today. I can't wait to see little readers around me smile as they open up this one.

Now, let's see if the story and illustrations live up to my expectations.

A Pop-Up Adventure
by Joel Stern
Illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff
Little Simon 
Board Book / Holiday
14 pages

Join Santa’s helpers on a journey through his workshop in this cheerful, sturdy holiday pop-up book!

Welcome to the cold North Pole,
where elves are all preparing
gifts for children around the world
for fun, and play, and sharing.

At the North Pole, Santa’s workshop is stuffed with little elves preparing for the holidays with gifts, treats, and fun! A sturdy page-turner, In the Holly Jolly North Pole is an innovative pop-up story with treats for kids of all ages.

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The vibrant hustle and bustle as the North Pole gets ready for the big day comes to life in this fun read.

Santa's elves are extremely busy in the workshop, getting everything ready for children around the world. With gentle rhyme, the text explains what the elves are up to in each scene. The vocabulary encourages a bit of word building while staying understandable and age appropriate. There's just enough detail mentioned to encourage listeners to peer closer at the illustrations...something they'll be eager to do, anyway.

This is a pop-up book, where each 2-page spread turns into a 3-D delight. The illustration is busy, which not only amplifies the desired mood but gives listeners something new to discover each time they visit the book. The colors are bright and bold and they elves have similarities to small children. This lures listeners in and makes the fantastical scenes easy to connect with.

It's a cute book for the holiday season and simply quite a bit of fun to read.

And here they are...

Joel Stern is the bestselling author of many books of paper crafts, including My First Origami KitMy First Origami Fairy Tales Kit, and Washington Pops!. He conducts paper craft workshops for kids of all ages in camps, schools, community centers, and libraries, and his folded and pop-up paper creations have been exhibited throughout the world.

Nancy Leschnikoff is a freelance illustrator based just outside of London in Kent. Specializing in the illustration and design of children’s books and book covers, she also loves lettering projects that marry her skills of illustration and design. Nancy’s hand-drawn style has been featured in advertising, branding, web design, and publishing. Visit her at

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