Christmas with Rita and Whatsit
  • Christmas with Rita and Whatsit
  • Christmas with Rita and Whatsit

Christmas with Rita and Whatsit

by Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod, Olivier Tallec
     
 

Rita and Whatsit have a lot to do to get ready for Christmas, including writing to Santa (he needs a few suggestions, of course), decorating the tree (with sausages), and making a delicious snack for Santa and the reindeer. Together, Rita and Whatsit are more than a match for all these challenges. But the hardest part comes last—staying in bed!See more details below

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Overview

Rita and Whatsit have a lot to do to get ready for Christmas, including writing to Santa (he needs a few suggestions, of course), decorating the tree (with sausages), and making a delicious snack for Santa and the reindeer. Together, Rita and Whatsit are more than a match for all these challenges. But the hardest part comes last—staying in bed!

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BOSTON GLOBE
"...brings understated holiday elegance new meaning....Artist Olivier Tallec uses lines like an old master--combining the best qualities of cartoon, decoration, sketch, and doodle. Author Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignods ironic humor creates a subtly charming bit of light holiday play."

KIRKUS REVIEWS
"The amusing story is simple enough for the youngest listeners, and older kids will enjoy the sly touches, as will grown-ups."

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3–Rita and her not-very-doglike dog spend Christmas Eve writing letters to Santa, decorating their trees (the pup’s is covered with sausages, salami, and bologna), creating a unique snack for Santa and the reindeer, and performing a special concert. A noise in the night causes Whatsit to bark madly (because sometimes he does act like a dog). Has he scared away Santa before he could make his delivery? Don’t be silly. There is, of course, the obligatory “awww…” moment at the end. Pen and ink vignettes highlighted with splotches of red and the small format make this best suited to one-on-one sharing. An endearing, but additional, package.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Rambunctious Rita in her red dress returns for a third round with her canine companion, Whatsit (Rita and Whatsit, 2008). The simple story, first published in France, has an understated, droll narrative tone, as though a bemused adult is recounting, in the present tense, the antics of the comical duo. Together, Rita and Whatsit engage in traditional Christmas Eve preparations, but each one has a witty twist, such as the dog's own scrawny tree bedecked with meaty decorations. Tallec's minimalist line drawings stand out on stark white pages with splashes of Christmas red in Rita's clothes and the spot surrounding one of the dog's eyes. Both children and adults will enjoy the funny touches within the illustrations and the comical expressions on Whatsit's face. The amusing story is simple enough for the youngest listeners, and older kids will enjoy the sly touches, as will grown-ups. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811866811
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
10/07/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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