If, like me, you're having a reeeeeeeally hard time dredging up any Christmas spirit and ho ho ho, this book may do the trick. (Written by James Doti and illustrated by Lisa Mertins.)
(Book cover and sample illustration stolen from the book's web site)
If you're looking for a new Christmas book to share with a young child, this is a beautiful choice. The story is true but very simple, written by James Doti about a visit to his grandmother as a child in Chicago's Little Italy. My girls are a little bit old for the story, but not for the heart of Mr. Doti's tale. Who could not love a story about a grandma who bakes cookies, and a pet dog and snow and big city life? They love it.
I had the privilege of meeting Lisa Mertins, whose delightful illustrations give the book life, at an event last month. Though I've known her through the internutz and admired her painting skills, I was thrilled to find out that she's just as nice and interesting and funny as she is talented.
I ordered A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy directly from Lisa, but you can order it from the web site or from your favorite bookseller.
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Stay tuned for tomorrow's FOOLHOGG -- another good gift under $15!