A great article for the couple of illustrations alone, the Guardian asks whether these new books will be the Christmas classics of the future?
A scrawny Christmas tree in a box, being carried back a homeless boy, against the backdrop of a cityscape with Christmas lights aglow, his dog barking in anticipation. Can the tree still bring joy at Christmas and beyond? (The Christmas Eve Tree, by Delia Huddy and Emily Sutton)
A retelling of 'The Nutcracker' with a wonderful bright cover of Clara and the Sugar Plum fairy dancing around the Nutcracker, amidst golden snowflakes, petals and 'sweets' in a ticker-tape style fall, is bright, rhythmic and multi-dimensional despite being a two-dimensional illustration of the figures - so good you can hear Tchaikovsky's score. (The Nutcracker by Jane Rey)
Rea more at: http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/dec/07/are-these-new-childrens-christmas-books-future-classics