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After reading a brilliant review by Moistbabe on 'Aliens Love Panta Claus', I immediately bought it from Amazon. We are, as a family, big fans of the 'Aliens love Underpants' books by Claire Freedman and I gain a lot of fun and happiness from reading the girls these silly books at bedtime. I hadn't previously seen the Christmas version so it was nice to see that there was a new edition that we could add to our collection (even if the book isn't particularly new, it's new to us!). This book gained extra enthusiasm for us as we told the girls the other day that we are going to visit Santa in Lapland for a week at Christmas and there is a mention of Lapland in the book! I sent the girls a 'golden invitation' from Santa inviting them to Lapland and a few days later explained that Santa had in fact sent them this book as a little gift until he sees them on Boxing Day! A lovely festive book perfect for this time of year but with a twist, after all, how many children's book have you read which involve Santa, underpants and aliens?! It follows on nicely from Aliens love Underpants and so of course it makes sense that these wacky looking aliens would help Santa deliver presents in their spaceship when his sleigh breaks down, and that they would cheekily swap his sack for a big pair of bloomers! The very end page is awash with bloomers and pants and every time we read it we have to have a discussion about which are our favourite pants! They girls find it hilarious. It doesn't take long at all to read and the first time I read it to the girls they complained that it was over too quickly. Because of the rhyming within the book it can't really be read all that slowly, although I do encourage them to talk about what's happening within books, it's probably best to do this at the end of the book to gain the most effect from the brilliant rhymes. For this reason I really enjoy reading this book and always favour rhyming books, being quite a big fan of Julia Donaldson's children's books it makes a nice change to read a different author. The illustrations are brilliant and the girls particularly like one page when I have to turn it on its side to read it. Something a little different but the girls think this is brilliant. I would say this book is going to appeal to children from around 3 ish to maybe 7, and when they have outgrown it I will take great pleasure in putting this away in my box of the girls things that I intend to keep for when they are adults to trigger happy childhood memories for them. I will continue to read this book throughout December to my girls, and have already bought some rather silly knickers which I intend to place within their stockings on Christmas Eve. I think the silliness has caught up with me! I managed to pick it up for less than £3 from Amazon which is a good saving on the £5.99 RRP.
Aliens love Panta Claus is essentially a Christmas version of 'Aliens Love Underpants'. We have bought our little one a variety of Christmas related books for a book advent calendar and due to the success of ALP we decided to buy this festive sequel. The book doesn't disappoint. It is fairly large and soft cover which is a negative in my eyes as we are still at a stage where hardback books guarantee not being ripped, whereas we can't leave little one with this or it will be torn to shreds. The book itself is beautifully illustrated, the pictures are lovely, there is lots of colour and detail and always new things to point out at story time, the story itself is decent, it is about the pant loving aliens helping Father Christmas but still has plenty of pant related puns involved, the rhyming couplets are very easy to read and flow ever so well, while the story is just the right length to keep little one enthralled before bedtime without being too long or laborious. We have really enjoyed reading this book, it is well written, looks great and is great fun, I think it should come out every year until little one is 4 or 5 and in that sense it is great value for money. I'm not sure where they can go with this series now, but if the Aliens have any more adventures I will definitely be reading them, this has a lot of fun and really builds the Christmas Spirit. We bought a copy for £3.99 on Amazon, it is also cheaper on Marketplace but obviously keep an eye out for postage charges.
For all those children who enjoyed Aliens Love Underpants in which aliens come to earth in order to steal pants, here's a festive take on the same theme. It's the day before Christmas and in the spirit of good will, the aliens are giving away pants as opposed to stealing them. They jump into their spaceship and whizz off to Lapland where they find some unconventional ways of helping out Santa. Who would have thought underpants could be so useful and so seasonal? We see these mischievous aliens dress up Santa's reindeer in neon pants to light their way and they replace Santa's sack with a spotted pair of bloomers. However, it is when Santa's sleigh breaks down that we see pants come to the rescue in a truly ingenious way! It's perhaps not difficult to see why young children find pants so amusing. After all, pants cover the bottom and, let's face it, bottoms to your average 5 year old are the most hilarious thing ever. So a book that is a little bit naughty is always going to be a hit. Adults will enjoy reading this one to their children too because it offers a refreshing, zany take on the traditional 'night before Christmas' story. All the much-loved elements are there in the form of Santa, his reindeer and elves but in addition we have this delightful bunch of knicker-obsessed aliens who at first seem set to create havoc in Lapland but actually go on to save the day. It's a story full of joy and warmth but lacking in sentimentality. Sometimes it's a relief to read stories that are a bit more tongue-in-cheek at this time of year, because stories that are too twee can become irritating. This adventure romps along at a brisk, exciting pace, capturing the frantic race against time to get the presents out on Christmas Eve. Can it be done? Rest assured that where there's a will (and lots of pants) there is a way. The illustrations are bright and colourful. They are great pictures for helping to develop observational skills in young children. Amongst all the mayhem that is depicted, keen eyed children may be able to spot a cat and a dog wearing pants. If they are yet more eagle-eyed, they might also realise that even the robins in one picture are similarly attired. In the scene where the aliens' spaceship is taking off on its trip to Lapland, children may be able to see two startled rabbits running away. There is so much going on that you perhaps wouldn't notice on a first reading, so it's a book that you can come back to again and again over the festive season and it will keep surprising you. Even the aliens, which look very similar at first glance, have slightly different features when you look more closely. I love books that are a bit off the wall as in my experience they encourage creative thinking more so than books that are totally predictable. My children always warmed to quirky characters. Why shouldn't you trim up your Christmas tree with brightly coloured pairs of pants as well as baubles? What's wrong with putting a pair of pants in with the toys when you are delivering presents for the boys and girls? It's the same kind of imaginative thinking outside the box that makes Dr Seuss stories so popular. What seems to be nutty behaviour on one level makes perfect sense when you look at things from the aliens' point of view. What could be more normal for them than to turn Christmas into a big celebration of their beloved pants? What's more, this story shows how what seems like madness actually can lead to some pretty inventive problem-solving. The message of the story? Let your imagination loose and who knows where it will take you or what it will achieve. Children will have fun looking at all the different designs and styles of pants that are on display in this book. Which look the most Christmassy? Which look the warmest? Which look the most comfy? Which look the silliest? Which would you be most likely to buy for your gran. Or your Dad? Which would you buy for your teacher? There is plenty of scope for humorous discussion here. Perhaps children could even design some Christmassy pants of their own. If they are feeling really inventive, maybe they could dream up some of their own festive uses for pants. (Could you turn them into oven gloves for when you're taking the turkey out, perhaps? Best not to try that one at home though.) The book is told in rhyme, which makes it excellent for joining in with. Children can fill in the last word of each verse, which is particularly enjoyable when the rhyme involves words such as 'snickers' and 'knickers'. It makes for an interactive reading experience and helps even the youngest children to become aware of the sounds and structures of words. Slightly older children who are reading the book for themselves will be able to observe that although some rhyming words have similar spellings, eg. 'frown' and 'down', other rhyming words have totally different spellings, such as 'sleigh' and 'hooray'. It helps them to appreciate the irregularities and the richness of the English language. My favourite lines of all are: "The aliens follow Santa as he tiptoes to each bed, They take down all the stockings and tie knickers up instead." This is accompanied by a great picture of an alien hanging a pair of pants over the bed as a child sleeps, none the wiser, but the child's teddy bear is wide awake and watches the scene with fascination! Another of my favourite pictures shows a snowman clad in two pairs of underpants - one pair on his lower regions and one on his head. Although this is a riotously silly book in many ways, it does send out a positive Christmas message. The aliens are showing Christmas spirit by giving knickers away. Children can be encouraged to talk about the other types of kind gestures people like to make at this time of year. Will the aliens go back to their old knicker-stealing ways once the festive season is over? What other good deeds get done at Christmas and then forgotten about in the New Year? This book is delightfully different and a superb story for the run-up to Christmas. (It perhaps isn't the best choice for a bedtime story when you want children to settle down because in my experience it tends to make children laugh so much that they become a bit hyper. It will certainly set the mood, however.) It's a great choice for youngsters who don't have the concentration to sit through a longer story, because it has just a small amount of text on each page and the rhyme means that it really doesn't take long to read. If your child enjoys this book, you might even be tempted to leave a pair of pants in his/her stocking along with the toys to suggest that the aliens have dropped by with Santa. This book could start up a whole new Christmas tradition. Aliens Love Panta Claus is currently available new from sellers at Amazon from £0.71. I recommend it enthusiastically. It's nice to bring out every year, even when your kids have (hopefully) grown out of this kind of humour. Whatever your age, this book will raise a smile.
Another review which I wrote at Christmas time, but didn't post on Dooyoo! I have lots of little cousins, so at Christmas I have a lot of presents to buy. Last year, I decided to buy them all books. One of them which includes 'Aliens Love Santa Paws', a children's book by Claire Freedman. The book is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £2.98 which I think is a great price! In this book : Tomorrow is Christmas Day and the Aliens are very excited . For a change, instead of stealing underpants, they are giving them away. What will happen on Christmas Day ? Read Aliens Love Santa Paws. I thought that this book was interesting because it still kept to the theme of Chrismas, but had a more modern approach by taking a different direction. I think that children will enjoy the whole 'alien' thing, and enjoy that it's different. I think that they will find the aliens to be very funny as they are quite comical, and will particularly love the theme of 'underpants'. This is a great festive read which is great for getting kids into the festive spirit. It makes a great bedtime read as it is quite a 'light' read, and there is nothing 'scary' in this book. Normally, aliens are considered as 'scary' and 'weird' in many children's books, but in this one, they are considered as friendly and fun which sends out a good message to children which is not to expect things to be as you think they are. There are thirty two pages in the book which seems a lot, but there are only a couple of lines per page, and also some great illustrations which clearly explain to young readers what is going on in the story, which is especially helpful for young readers. Slightly older children will enjoy being able to read the book themselves. I would definately recommend this book to all children between the ages of four and eight! It would make a great Christmas present! There are also some other books in this series, which I am going to take a look at too. Thanks for reading! xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)