I have three nephews with such amazingly similar but unique interests. However, reading is not one of their current strong suits. I mean it used to be for the middle one, the younger occasionally, but the oldest is special needs and reading is not his cup of tea. But he loves superheroes and My Little Pony currently. And I will do anything to get him to see that books are fun. So, no brainer! And the great thing is, he gets ponies, I get to read to him/have him read to me and I get to review books for here. Wins all around!
I found two Christmas/holiday books. The first is My Little Pony: Holly Jolly Harmony (a level 2). Our books in print site has the author as D. Jakobs. The concept is simple: the ponies want to make a special time for their Hearth’s Warming Eve celebration. And a lesson from the play about the founding of Equestria gives everyone the meaning of the celebration. It includes paper ornaments that you can put on your own tree or just play with. I know my nephew will. (Oh, did I forget to mention that I read them before giving them to him?)
The second holiday one is My Little Pony Best Gift Ever: A Perfectly Pinkie Present. Everyone picks a name to give a special Hearth’s Warming Day gift to. And Pinkie wants to be the best gift giver ever. She must take a journey to some special friends, who will give her the perfect gift to give to her friends. Bonnie Ventura and Glenn Thomas are noted as the creators of this Golden Book.
His favorite pony I think is the purple one (um… a unicorn…. I think Princess Twilight Sparkle. Hey! I am just the aunt who plays with him. I leave names to him!) or Applejack (I remember that one because of the cereal). Yet, I think the rainbow one is a close third. Rainbow Dash: Reading Rainboom! was chosen because of reading in the title and the pony on the cover. This Golden Book has Talluah May and Zoe Persico as the creators on record. This is a fun way to show reluctant readers that there are ways to include you love of X (that is not reading) and reading. Sometimes your favorite will not be someone else’s, but that is okay. The point is to share and have fun. There is also a nod to a current fantasy author.
And last but not least (as there is another one coming sometime “soon”) is Twilight Sparkle: Best Aunt Ever! (If you have not guessed, I picked that one because it is the pony he likes. And I am!) May and Persico are credited as the ones who put pen and paper together (or however it is done today) and created text and art. This time the pony friends want to create a party for their friend TS and of course, there are things that happen, but nothing that friendship cannot fix.
The text and illustrations are right out of the movies and terribly basic. Of course, we are not talking Dostoevsky here. But they are just, for the adult, guilty reads to remember your childhood by and for kids today who are brought up with the movies and cartoons.