Lovely, crisp images that focus on contrasts.
Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos, by Mick Foley, illustrated by Jerry Lawler (reread)
This is such a silly book. And yet every time I read it I end up with a grin on my face. If you didn't watch wrestling in the 90s, it probably won't mean much to you.
The Artful Cat, by Mark Bryant (reread)
When I was a teenager I read and reread and rereread this one. So many beautiful paintings, so many snippets of poetry and prose.
Birds, by Robert Bateman
I've seen most of these paintings before - Bateman prints are ubiquitous in Canada - but it was neat to have his reflections on each piece as I was looking at it. And the repro quality of this particular book is astounding.
A Treasury of Old-Fashioned Christmas Stories, edited by Michele Slung
When she says old-fashioned, she means old - most of these stories are from the 19th or very early 20th centuries. It's neat to read an anthology of older stories that was crafted by a modern sensibility. And there were some old favorites in here I was delighted to revisit, as well as new-to-me stories that made me think about how we got to where we are now.
Nuts to You!, by Lynne Rae Perkins
Adorable kids' book about squirrel adventures. Pulls off that neat trick where the reader doesn't really worry about the outcome but does feel great empathy for the protagonists' worry about the outcome, so it's very cosy and comforting to read.
The Battle of the Labyrinth, by Rick Riordan
I'm totally into these books now. I want to read the last one in this series, and then the next series, and then the Kane Chronicles, and and and.... Riordan's got his hooks in me. I need to take more reading advice from kids; maybe that will be my new year's reading resolution. :D