Candlewick, $34.99, ages 5 and up
A Charlie Brown Christmas
With Sounds and Music
Charles M. Schulz
R.P. Kids, $22.95, ages 4 and up
Here's the first prime-time TV outing of the Peanuts gang, in storybook form, along with interactive elements — music and character voices (including Linus' recitation from Luke's Gospel) — from that hit program.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book
Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Penguin, $29.99, ages 7 and up
The magical world of Willy Wonka includes golden tickets, gobstoppers and a river of chocolate, but does it have lickable wallpaper?
Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite
Anna Harwell Celenza, Illustrated by Don Tate
Charlesbridge, $19.95, ages 6-9
Duke Ellington's band transforms the classical ballet into a cool-cat jazz number with Vegas glitz and Hollywood glamour. A CD recording of the Ellington/Billy Strayhorn composition is included.
The Great Global Puzzle Challenge With Google Earth
Clive Gifford, illustrated by William Ings
Kingfisher, $15.99, ages 8 and up
A puzzle hunt using Google Earth (with instructions on how to download the free program) that sends young readers on a search using coordinates to visit some of the most fascinating sights around the globe.