Grandpa Magic: 116 Easy Tricks, Amazing Brainteasers, and Simple Stunts to Wow the Grandkids
Workman Publishing, $16.95
From New York Times bestselling author and magician Allan Zola Kronzek, comes a book for grandparents that is a perfect gift for the holiday season. Grandpa Magic is a compendium of more than 100 tricks, stunts and brainteasers that will engage grandchildren and provide giggles, jaw-dropping awe and wonderful memories.
From perplexing card and coin tricks to entertaining mealtime stunts to verbal puzzles that surprise and delight, these tricks are illustrated step-by-step so they’re easy to learn, and guaranteed to make grandparenting even more fun.
Plum: How the Sugar Plum Fairy Got Her Wings
Simon & Schuster, $17.99
With a nod to E.T.A. Hoffman’s chestnut The Nutcracker, married debut authors Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle spin a sweet origin story about one of Hoffman’s favorite characters: The Sugar Plum Fairy. When young Plum, the tiniest, loneliest—and perhaps most picked-on—resident of Mary Fitzgerald Orphanage tries to salvage a happy holiday for her fellow orphans, she receives some magical Christmas Eve help from a “mysterious magician” named Mr. Drosselmeyer. After gobbling up Drosselmeyer’s gift of a petit four–size Nuzzlecake, Plum is transported to the Land of Sweets where her act of selfless kindness toward a dejected King Christopher unspools a jolly denouement that includes an adoption—and a sprouting of wings. Illustrated beautifully by Robin Thompson.
A Present For You, A Present For Me
Authored by Anton Media Group editor, Jennifer Fauci, A Present For You, A Present For Me details all of the wonderful things children love about winter and the Christmas holiday season. The easy-to-read picture book is perfect for children ages 2 and up.