A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Rhyming and repetitive words help teach vocabulary.
The pages are filled with warmth and happiness.
Positive Role Models
The main character is a relatable kid anxious fo the holiday to arrive.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jimmy Fallon's 5 More Sleeps 'Til Christmas is a warm, joyful picture book filled with idyllic holidays scenes and a kid's anticipation of traditional Christmas morning fun. The illustrations are immersive, with wide-eyed kids and cozy settings, and the rhyming and word repetition make for a fun read-aloud. The scenes in the home and the boy's Santa list are fairly stereotypical, and kids anticipating Christmas Day can relate to his unbridled excitement. The message on Christmas morning, though, isn't that he's enjoying the moment, but he's already thinking ahead to the next Christmas.
Is It Any Good?
The illustrations in this happy holiday book are amazing, capturing the facial expressions of delight, exhaustion, and anticipation with childlike wonder. The countdown of nights in 5 Sleeps 'Til Christmas is idyllic -- filled with hot chocolate, lists of gifts, a dog, and a warm, inviting home -- and the pacing and repetition makes this a great read-aloud book. For all its warmth and joy, there's a bit of a letdown at the end when the boy is quick to be done enjoying the moment and turns his thoughts to waiting for next year's Christmas morning. That aside, kids can relate to the buildup and excitement that comes with celebrating special holidays.
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