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Have a "Peppermints" Christmas (Review and Giveaway!)

I love a great children's book. I remember when I was little begging my mother at the checkout of the grocery store to buy me another Little Golden Book. It's the stories that transcend time and delight all generations that I love the best; obviously because they stay with us and can be enjoyed by everyone over and over and over.

That's why when my high school friend, Nikki Maloney, shared her new series of children's books with me, I knew I had to share them with YOU!

The Peppermints are a family created from Nikki's father's imagination and brought to life on the page by Nikki and her illustrator, Ted Layton. The stories of Mr. and Mrs. Peppermint and their children - Pete, Patty, Philpot, and Peggy - are based on Nikki and her siblings. The stories have been revived and given a classic spin. Timeless for every generation of readers from Grandparents to grandchildren, each of the intended 9 stories takes place in the 1950's and highlights a different family member and a variety of experiences.



The first book, Summer Camp Treasury, centers around Pete and his first experience at summer camp. The second, Ski Vacation, centers around the Peppermints' annual ski trip. It is Philpot's (Potty, for short) first time, and he's worried he won't be able to keep up. But HOT DOG, hilarity ensues and the trip is saved! Nikki sent my boys this book, and they gave it a very enthusiastic 8 thumbs up!! They were literally giggling the whole time I was reading the book. As a bonus, there are peppermint sticks hidden on every page, and my boys were delighted when they found each one.


The third book in the series, Thanksgiving Day Parade, is out TODAY and I can't wait to get my hands on it! From Nikki's website: "It's the holiday season! The Peppermint family travel to New York City for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Expect the unexpected, where surprise and excitement are right around the corner. It's that wonderful time of year when anything is possible."

Without giving too much away (because of course there is a surprise at the end), here are samples of the delightfully vintage-feeling illustrations: 





Macy's is celebrating the 88th anniversary of the parade, so this book will make the perfect gift this holiday season. Nikki is giving one of my readers a copy of their very own, along with another surprise gift. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win (open to US residents over 18). Deadline to enter is midnight 11/19. Good luck!



To learn more about all things Minty, visit Nikki's website and order the rest of the Peppermint's books here. Even though Nikki is my friend and she gave me a copy of her book to review, all opinions and the opinions of my children are our own. We LOVE these books! If you are looking for a sweet and unique gift idea, these are it!! I promise you will fall in love with the Peppermint family.


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