Looking for books to read to your kids in December to get into the Christmas spirit? Blossom Possum and the Christmas Cracker, by Gina Newton and Christina Booth is a Christmas picture book with an Australian flavour. It features Australian native animals which makes a change from all the Christmas stories about reindeer and snow which are a little hard to relate to when the temperature is in the high thirties.
The watercolour illustrations, in particular the drawings of the main character, Blossom Possum with her enormous dewey eyes, are very cute. However, I found the text incredibly annoying. It's clearly supposed to rhyme but it doesn't. "Nod" and "job" do not rhyme, and this non-rhyme is repeated on almost every page. The meter is all over the place, which by the end of the book had me reading aloud through gritted teeth. My daughter wasn't bothered by the lousy poetry, but she wasn't enthralled by it either, the way she is with say, Winnie the Pooh.
To give it its due, the book could be useful if you were trying to focus only on Aussie Christmas stories or if your child was very interested in animals.
Recommended for kids aged three and up whose parents aren't all that fussed about the beauty of the English language.