#235-236 – Baby Lit® A Christmas Carol & Dracula by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver

Today we have two books from the Little Masters, Baby Lit® Books collection from publisher Gibbs Smith, author Jennifer Adams, and illustrator Alison Oliver.  The first, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, is a coloring primer that will paint this week’s big day red and green. Then Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a counting primer, will put a little bit of scare into those post-holiday bills.

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5 Stars

A Christmas Carol: A BabyLit Colors Primer

Dracula: A BabyLit Counting Primer

Jennifer Adams

Alison Oliver

20 Pages  Ages: 0 to 3

From Website: BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library. A series of board books for brilliant babies.

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The Baby Lit® books are thick board books that will sustain the rough handling and biting of infants and toddlers. The book is also small so children can easily carry them, yet large enough for parents to comfortably read.  Each book is has the look of a classic and should work well in any themed nursery or toddler room.

A Christmas Carol Baby Lit

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A Christmas Carol, a color primer

A Christmas Carol, color primer has the characters and objects one most connects with this Dickens classic. Christmas past, present, and future are represented by gold, green, and purple respectively. And it would not be A Christmas Carol without ghostly

old Mr. Marley clanging around in his chains. The characters that are recognizably from this Dickens story are represented.

baby lit christmas carolI like the colors which are not bright primary colors, like most books for this age group. The colors are more adult, toned down, and a bit darker on some pages, more in line with Scrooge’s attitude. It then lightens up.  I love Father Christmas in his green robe on an ivory background coupled with the words “Green Wreath.” Just like e the original classic by Charles Dickens, this Baby Lit® version is a Christmas classic for your baby that can be handed down with pride.

Dracula Baby Lit 2012

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Dracula, a counting primer

Dracula, a counting primer is based on the Bram Stoker classic. The first color that comes to mind when thinking of vampires is dark purple and that is the color of the cover.  The book pages are black, gray, whites and red; all very ghoulish and appropriate. The counting is from “1 castle” to “12 garlic flowers” with “5 heroes” and “6 tombstones.”

This is, for want of a better word, a cool little book. The illustrations are fantastic as is the text. But, I must admit, when I compositedracularead the title “Dracula, a counting primer,” my mind went into Count Dracula mode. “One vampire, two vampires, three vampires,, ha ha, hee, hee.”  With all due respect to Sesame Street, this conting Dracula is classier and more kid-friendly. And best of all, no television is required. The start of a life reading begins with this and other Baby Lit® books.

When the very first Baby Lit® books were reviewed here I thought were fantastic introductions not only to the classics, but to reading itself.  I thought the books were adorable and would be the perfect touch in any nursery. Those thoughts have not changed with A Christmas Carol and Dracula.

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A Christmas Carol: A Baby Lit® Colors Primer

Dracula: A Baby Lit®  Counting Primer

Author: Jennifer Adams    website
Illustrator: Alison Oliver    website
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishing    website
Release Date: August 1, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4236-2575-9   A Christmas Carol
ISBN: 978-1-4236-2480-6 Dracula
Number of Pages: 20
Ages: 0 to 3
Copyright ©2012 by Gibbs M. Smith, used with permission
Text: Copyright ©2012 by Jennifer Adams
Illustrations: Copyright ©2012 by Alison Oliver

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book donated to library courtesy of author & publisher

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7 thoughts on “#235-236 – Baby Lit® A Christmas Carol & Dracula by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver

  1. Pingback: #743-45 – Charley Harper’s Animal Alphabet, Count the Birds and Book of Colors by Zoe Burke and Charley Harper | Kid Lit Reviews

    • From what I understand, Bite-Proof was the most important concept. The artwork, the classic text, that was all secondary. Bite-Proof is so impor . . . oops, I’m thinking of dog toys. They really need to be bite-proof with some of the rescue dogs. They shred anything and everything.

      The Baby Lit Books, those ARE bite-proof, but I may have been the only one to suggest this. I’m sure the classic text and the artwork was number one. Sorry to confuse you, uh, me.

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    • I agree with you, cupcake. I like bright baby toys and books, but once in a while something different is good. Putting classics in counting and color concept books for infants and toddlers is pretty brilliant, if you ask me. But they didn’t.

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