Review of Caillou: Happy Holidays! by Marilyn Pleau-Murissi

Around our house, bedtime story requests have turned into Christmas story demands.  We’ve been scouring the bookshelves for all our Christmas related tales.  Thanks to the folks at NetGalley, my review team had a new option the other night.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and Chouette Publishing in exchange for an honest review. 

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Caillou’s Daddy helps him be patient until Christmas with a special Advent calendar that counts down the days left before Christmas. Each day Caillou gets to open a window on the calendar and discover a story about holiday customs around the world. Caillou finds out about the first Christmas tree and about the man who became known as St. Nick. He also takes part in his own family traditions, and learns about giving and sharing along the way. A book that celebrates the festivities, traditions and meaning of Caillou’s favorite holiday!

Publisher: Chouette Publishing

Available Editions: Hardcover

Genre: Children’s Fiction , Multicultural Interest


My children love watching Caillou.  They easily identify with this little boy and his daily challenges as he learns about the world we live in.  A Caillou Christmas story was therefore an ideal pick for them.  The Happy Holidays story takes us on a Christmas journey around the world through Caillou’s Advent Calendar.  Every night leading up to Christmas, Daddy and Mummy help Caillou and his little sister Rosie open a new window on the calendar and tell them a story.  We journey to Mexico and Turkey and we hop all over Europe with our young learners, as they explore Christmas traditions around the world.  There’s even a little Christmas mystery to solve.

This story is short, sweet, entertaining and quite interactive, at least by my experience.  Upon, reading about the visit to Mexico and coming across “Feliz Navidad“, my boys decided to sing the Christmas song!  I found the simplicity with which different cultures and traditions were explained to be very refreshing and appropriate for young readers.  We also learnt a new word: Sinterklass which is the name Santa goes by in Holland.  I just hope I taught them the correct pronunciation! 🙊

I read the electronic version of the hardcover book, so the formatting of the text and illustrations is a bit odd and the graphics are on the smaller side.  The illustrations are, however, clear and bright.  I look forward to seeing them in the hardcover book.

Overall I found this story to be a very effective tool for teaching my children about Christmas traditions around the world.  I highly recommend it.

5/5 espresso shots.

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