Christmas Has Merry!

Christmas Has Merry!

by Harriet Ziefert, Rebecca Doughty
     
 
Sly rhymes, quirky illustrations plus die-cut covers with holographic foil result in this holiday board book with an extra-special sparkle.
Doors have holly and
grown-ups have jolly;
Santas have wrinkles and
presents have crinkles.

In verse guaranteed to get readers to think twice and look twice, Harriet Ziefert romps through Christmas with

Overview

Sly rhymes, quirky illustrations plus die-cut covers with holographic foil result in this holiday board book with an extra-special sparkle.
Doors have holly and
grown-ups have jolly;
Santas have wrinkles and
presents have crinkles.

In verse guaranteed to get readers to think twice and look twice, Harriet Ziefert romps through Christmas with rhymes designed to bring smiles to readers of all ages. Her text is perfectly matched in Rebecca Doughty s line drawings and bold palette, perhaps reminiscent of Edward Gorey s and Roz Chast s best work, but ultimately, uniquely, and irrepressibly her own.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Holographic foil dresses up the die-cut window in two holiday titles by Harriet Ziefert and Rebecca Doughty. A pumpkin peers out from the cover on Halloween Has Boo! Within, just one silly couplet per spread ("Spiders have spin./ Pumpkins have grin") accompanies line drawings of cock-eyed characters. A trimmed tree decks the cover of Christmas Has Merry!
Kirkus Reviews
The inverted logic of this patterned text by Ziefert (Halloween Has Boo, 2002, etc.) will be amusing to adult readers, but the humor may be lost on most of the traditional audience of the board book set. The patterned text offers 15 examples of the "Cheeks have cherry. Christmas has merry!" construction, which will be puzzling rather than funny to those who are still assimilating grammatical structures. ("Beds have sleeps," for example.) However, extremely verbal two-year-olds and older preschoolers (and their parents) will find some of the text structures quite funny, as in "Stockings have toeses. Moms have dozes," or "Presents have crinkles. Santas have wrinkles." Doughty collaborates again for the third entry in this series with her sophisticated illustrations, using an angular style with the structures outlined in ink and a contemporary palette that incorporates lavender and citrus shades into the holiday spectrum. The text is hand-lettered in the wobbling printing style of a first-grader, and in fact beginning readers should be an additional audience for this volume, as five- and six-year-olds will appreciate the humor and illustration style if they can get beyond the "little kid�s" format. The cover features a special-effects Christmas package in shiny holographic silver ornamented with a cutout Christmas tree. For those who like their Christmas sugarplums tart rather than sweet. (Board book. 1-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929766666
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
BOARD
Pages:
8
Product dimensions:
6.92(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert is a well-known author who has written over one hundred books for children. When she is not writing, she commutes between her homes in Lincoln, Massachusetts and Maplewood, New Jersey.

Rebecca Doughty is both a painter and the illustrator of several delightful books for children. Her artwork has been shown widely in museums and galleries in New England and New York. She lives and works in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

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