Frosty the Snowman, by Diane Muldrow (2013)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, adapted by Rick Bunsen (1998)
These Little Golden Books are the 10-minute read-aloud versions of their respective classic Christmas movies. Since today is my husband’s birthday and I can blame BoyChild’s current obsession with these books on him, I thought today would be a good day to showcase these choices together!
If you’ve seen the movies, you’ve pretty much read the books. The benefit of the books is not having to listen to Rudolph’s nose honking or Hermey’s voice. 😉 (If you really like those sounds, may I recommend The Original Christmas Classics Gift Set dvds? You can hear your fill!) Each book is a condensed version of the story from the movie. Rudolph’s story makes his father seem less horrible (the coach and other young reindeer are still just as mean), but Rudolph’s antlers don’t grow during the wandering-around-alone bit because that’s cut down. (Instead, they apparently sprout between the time Santa asks him to lead the sleigh and take-off! Illustration oops!) If you have a favorite part of the movie, don’t be particularly surprised if it got cut from the picture book version; there’s a good deal of trimming to make the flow and format work. My husband mourns the loss of the “Messy, messy, messy!” line from the Frosty the Snowman one! The art is pretty much straight from the movies as well; Rudolph’s even maintains some of the 3-D feel through some faux-collage texture. The songs are not included, of course, so if that’s your favorite part…get the dvds or be prepared for an impromptu song break while you’re reading!
There really isn’t much to be said about these except to inform you that they exist if you and/or your child happens to be really into old Christmas movies for kids! (These were a gift from a grandma, and BoyChild asks for them so often that even his daddy has gotten tired of reading them to him!)