“The Great Pirate Christmas Battle” by Michael G. Lewis. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $16.99.

Cap’n McNasty and his crew, bored with stealing gold and other treasures, decide one night to steal Christmas presents from sleeping children.

However, things get interesting when they get an unexpected surprise from Santa and his team of elves and reindeer! A battle for Christmas ensues and neither crew will go down without a fight.

A fun new tale for the holiday season and beautifully illustrated by Stan Jaskiel.

— Anna Guerra, Denham Springs

“Cajun ’Ti Beau and the Cocodries” by Cay Gibson. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $16.99.

Cay Gibson takes readers on a walk with ’Ti Beau in the Atchafalaya Swamp. Along the way, ’Ti Beau runs into hungry alligators who want to turn him into a sauce piquant. In an effort to save himself, ’Ti Beau gives away his fancy new clothes.

Stranded and unsure how to explain to his Mama and Papa how he lost his clothes, he hides and is able to escape and make it home!

Illustrated by Colleen D’Antoni, the book also includes a fun Alligator Sauce Piquante recipe and glossary of Cajun terms to help the reader explain some of the words sprinkled throughout the book. A fun book for any child!

— Anna Guerra,

Denham Springs

“Photography: The Definitive Visual History” by Tom Ang. DK Publishing, 2014. $50.

This great history of the photography medium takes the reader from the first photographs in 1822, sun exposures, and ending with the heightening of digital photography. This book looks through all of the different types of photography throughout the years and showcases some of the true masters of the craft.

Visually the book is stunning, showing many of the best photographs, and giving a brief biography of the creators of these images. The book has extensive information on the art of photography and includes an index of the worlds greatest photographers from throughout the centuries. This beautiful book would make a great gift for any photographer or art enthusiast.

— Phillip Dequeant, pdequeant@theadvocate.com