Hiccup's Holiday Hunt: A Christmas Adventure

A Very Merry Look & Find Book For Ages 3-5

Children - Preschool
24 Pages
Reviewed on 11/27/2023
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Author Biography

From childhood, I've cherished the magic of words. Raised in Waldorf, MD, I wrote my first book at 8—a whimsical "Book Of Nonsense Rhymes." This early creation sparked a lifelong passion for storytelling.

Apart from writing, I enjoy life's rhythms, evident in hobbies like foosball, ping pong, bowling, and attending rap concerts. I'm also a devoted Arizona Cardinals fan, finding joy and community in their games.

In my 20s, I explored stand-up comedy, search YouTube for 'dave ball vegas is crazy.' Now, I'm an author of seven self-published books, including "Hiccup's Holiday Hunt: A Christmas Adventure", "Hiccup's Haunted Halloween Hunt," "The Hiccups Wild Waterslide Race," "ABCs of Affirmation," "Hiccups," "Hiccups... Again?," and "Hiccups Again Epic Adventure." These books, ranging from whimsical stories to educational journeys, reflect my imaginative spirit.

My work has earned recognition, with "ABCs of Affirmation" being a 2022 Readers' Favorite Finalist and winning the 2022 Purple Dragonfly Award. "Hiccups Again Epic Adventure" won the 2021 Purple Dragonfly Award, and "Hiccups Again" received the 2020 award in the same category.

My journey in writing and life aims to inspire young minds to follow their dreams and embrace their unique paths, just as I have with mine.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

Hiccup’s Holiday Hunt: A Christmas Adventure is a children’s look-and-find picture book by Dave W. Ball with illustrations by Design Pickle. The book has a festive theme, and all the items to find are Christmas-related. Follow Hiccup, a blue egg-shaped friendly being in a Santa suit, as he takes you on a Christmas adventure. Hiccup plays hide and seek, brings gifts and cheer to little boys and girls, and helps Santa on his mission. He finds joy in decorating Christmas trees and singing carols and acts as Santa’s little helper like the elves. Join Hiccup as he spreads happiness across the globe by getting a copy of this book and having fun finding hidden Christmas treasures throughout the pages.

Hiccup’s Holiday Hunt: A Christmas Adventure is an entertaining and interactive book that will bring cheer to your children this Christmas. Although the book is intended for children between the ages of three and five, I believe it can be enjoyed by everyone in the family. Dave W. Ball is a creative writer who uses simple words that children can understand and provides different scenarios like the nativity scene, the toy factory, and the exchanging of gifts that will keep young readers engaged and entertained. The look-and-find activities will help children improve their observation skills, which will help in their mental development. The book contains colorful illustrations that make it eye-catching and vibrant. The characters' happy smiles and infectious joy are what I love most about the art. I enjoyed reading this book and hope to read more from this author. Great work.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

“Hiccup wrapped in warmth, cocoa in hand,/ By the fireplace he sits, in a winter wonderland.” Don’t you just love the coziness of these simple words? Not to mention the “Can you find” exercise that has young readers studying the picture closely to find images that relate to these words, like a mug of cocoa and a gingerbread man cookie. Dave W. Ball’s Hiccup's Holiday Hunt is a fun-filled “Can you find” exercise full of Christmas and winter images that will warm your heart and put you in the holiday spirit. It’s a teaching tool, as well as an entertaining game, allowing young readers to sharpen their cognitive skills as they search for seasonal images. It’s also a morale booster, as young readers will feel a sense of accomplishment when they find all the images on each page.

Dave W. Ball’s picture book, Hiccup's Holiday Hunt: A Christmas Adventure, is a very merry look-and-find book for the 3 to 5 age group, although older children will have fun with this book as well. Each page has a two-line rhyming verse depicting what Hiccup is doing followed by a “Can you find” exercise with four images to locate inside the big picture. The language is simple and with words to accompany the images to be found, young readers will start to recognize words as they start their reading journey. The illustrations are bold, bright, and colorful and cover the entire page, packed with all kinds of seasonal images to explore. This is a book filled with fun, entertainment, and education.

Pikasho Deka

Hop on for a delightful Christmas adventure with Dave W. Ball's Hiccup's Holiday Hunt. Your favorite preschooler is back again! This time, Hiccup is on an important mission to find missing items from Santa's catalog. But that's not all. You, as a reader, will accompany Hiccup as he tries to locate the very things that make the Christmas holidays such a delightful time for everyone. Whether looking for candy canes or Santa hats, a missing pair of socks or mittens, or even mistletoe, you will be the one to search for these items hidden in plain sight. Some colorful illustrations by Design Pickle will help you accomplish your mission. And did I mention the book is narrated through catchy rhymes?

Author Dave W. Ball has come up with yet another fun activity book for preschoolers to help them improve their recognition and critical thinking skills. Hiccup's Holiday Hunt is a children's adventure/activity book that engages you from start to finish, primarily because it is so enjoyable. As kids, everyone wants to find things that are supposed to be hidden. This book offers you the chance to test your observation skills and maybe even improve upon them. Once again, Design Pickle knocks it out of the park with the illustrations, which are imaginative, and splash the pages with vibrant colors that bring joy to your eyes. Most of all, Dave W. Ball has managed to capture the Christmas spirit in this wonderful children's picture book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend parents introduce it to their young kids.

Philip Van Heusen

Do you want a book that sharpens your child’s cognitive skills while they have a lot of fun? Then you and your child will love Hiccup's Holiday Hunt: A Christmas Adventure by Dave W. Ball. This is a Look & Find Book for ages 3-5. In it, Hiccup is dressed up like Santa and spreads Christmas cheer everywhere he goes. Your child will hunt for different items on the pages such as gingerbread men, elves, reindeer, rocking horses, and many other Christmas items. This picture book will give your child much pleasure as they will re-read this book every year around Christmas. Your child’s eyes will light up as they read this story, or as you read it to them.

Do you have a child between the ages of 3 and 5? This is a book that your child will enjoy time and time again. Design Pickle richly illustrates Hiccup's Holiday Hunt: A Christmas Adventure by Dave W. Ball in bright and joyous colors. Dave writes in a rhyming style and uses words that young children will easily understand. Hiccup is adorable and the cute illustrations offer a lot of fun as your child looks for the hidden objects. Christmas is about family time and this book is designed to be read as a family. Not only will you enjoy the together time, but you can use this book to start discussions about what your child likes most about the season and what they understand about it. Get ready for some enjoyment with your child as you make forever memories reading this book.

Keith Mbuya

Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is making plans for this great holiday season. But don’t worry if you have nothing planned because Hiccup has a lot in store for you. Hiccup plans to spend this holiday with friends decorating Christmas trees, singing Christmas carols, and giving gifts to children and their families. And that’s not all. Hiccup will have fun riding Santa’s sleigh through the snow, hanging out with Santa, and even visiting the North Pole. Hiccup also has a fun game to play with you as you follow him on his joyous holiday adventure. Get yourself Dave W. Ball’s Hiccup’s Holiday Hunt: A Christmas Adventure to experience Hiccup’s adorable adventure and not miss out on the fun game.

If you are looking for a children’s adventure and picture book for this festive season, Dave W. Ball’s Hiccup’s Holiday Hunt: A Christmas Adventure is just what you should be looking for. It is indeed “a very merry look and find book for ages 3-5”. Dave ingeniously introduces children to new vocabulary and Christmas items through this fun look-and-find game. The pictures are so colorful and beautiful and will make the book irresistible to kids. There is no doubt the blue minion-looking, huge-eyed Hiccup will melt kids’ hearts and quickly become a holiday favorite. Dave playfully teaches kids an important lesson about the festive season. This is a time to spend with family and friends, give and receive gifts, celebrate the birth of the Savior, and have fun.