Deck the Walls: A Wacky Christmas Carol

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la la. How wonderful the old carol sounds. A vision of warm family gatherings peacefully celebrating the holiday season comes to mind. But wait, this doesn’t sound like a peaceful family get-together. What is happening here? Deck the walls with mashed potatoes! Fa la la la la la la la la. Make a snowman with tomatoes. Fa la la la la la la la la. Author Erin Dealey has taken the old holiday classic and turned it on its head. In her riotous, raucous ...
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Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la la. How wonderful the old carol sounds. A vision of warm family gatherings peacefully celebrating the holiday season comes to mind. But wait, this doesn’t sound like a peaceful family get-together. What is happening here? Deck the walls with mashed potatoes! Fa la la la la la la la la. Make a snowman with tomatoes. Fa la la la la la la la la. Author Erin Dealey has taken the old holiday classic and turned it on its head. In her riotous, raucous rendition of a family meal gone hilariously awry, you’ll find food hockey, vegetable sculptures, crashing dishes, and grown-ups wondering what has gone wrong. From “Feed the dog our peas and carrots” to “Food tastes better when you wear it,” readers young and old will never forget this new take on an old holiday carol!
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Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
In the spirit of such fractured Christmas carols as “Jingle Bells, Batman smells,” Dealey and Ward introduce a crew of rowdy kids who have some very patient parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Dealey’s version suggests decking the walls with mashed potatoes and engaging in some tableside misbehavior, too: “Olive hockey with the cousins./ Fa la la la la la la la la./ Shot on goal! The gravy splashes!/ Fa la la la la la la la la!” Ward fills his spreads with the detritus of a house packed full of relatives for the holidays, and the joyful (and messy) spirit of familial togetherness is contagious. Ages 6–8. Author’s agent: Deborah Warren, East West Literary. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Five incorrigible children share Christmas dinner with cousins, aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents. The child-centered perspective is taken to the extreme as they deck the walls with mashed potatoes, make a tomato snowman, and play olive hockey and hope to “catch the dish before it crashes.” When dinner is over, everyone goes outside, and the children still have plenty of energy to sled and snowboard, and even throw snowballs. The illustrations are effused with the energy of these mischievous kids. Ward takes the simple lines of this parody and creates scenes of Christmas dinner gone wild. While the adults may occasionally show surprise, they generally accept or are oblivious to the children’s behavior, which, of course, adds to the humor. Little details add to the fun: you cannot help notice Mom’s reindeer slippers and the outdoor snowman with the tomato nose. Sure to elicit lots of laughter, be sure to sing boldly. It just might be the antidote for Christmas preparation tension. Included are a recipe for sugar cookies and the words and music for the original “Deck the Halls” carol. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo AGERANGE: Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
PreS-Gr 2—An engaging visual interpretation of the classic carol from a modern kid's perspective. Readers are greeted with rhyming lyrics, "Deck the walls with mashed potatoes. Fa la la la la…," and delightfully expressive, full-color cartoon illustrations of five rambunctious children playfully slinging spuds in the kitchen while Mom attempts to serve Christmas dinner. "Feed the dog our peas and carrots./Food tastes better when you wear it." Eventually, the adults clean up and Dad and the other "boring" relatives successfully get the youngsters dressed and out to play in the snow. All ends well with everyone singing, "Thankful we are all together! Fa la la la la la la la la." Lyrics and sheet music are included. This over-the-top selection is well suited for storytime or one-on-one.—Maureen Wade, formerly at Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
This hilarious parody of the familiar Yuletide carol starts with mashed potatoes on the walls and ends with cousins sliding downhill in the snow and the whole family singing carols together. The traditional Christmas song of "Deck the Halls" has a buoyant rhythm but relatively sedate words and images, such as boughs of holly. This version features a group of five cousins who like to mix things up and enjoy their food in some nontraditional ways. As the song begins, the cousins are mashing potatoes, flipping blobs onto the walls. The kids make a snowman out of tomatoes and more mashed potatoes and try olives on their fingers and celery stalks behind their ears. As the family dinner disintegrates, the cousins play olive hockey with celery-stalk sticks; major splashes of gravy result before sensible aunts and uncles intervene. Each line of text is interspersed with the traditional refrain of "Fa la la la la, la la la la" in large type, and the new song lyrics can be sung to the old tune, following along in suitably merry measure. Amusing illustrations and a large format make this a fine choice for singing along with a group, and the traditional words and music are also included. " 'Tis the season to be jolly," after all, and this rollicking parody neatly fits the bill. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585368570
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 160,153
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

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    Christmas is upon us! Fa la la la la la la la la! In this deligh

    Christmas is upon us! Fa la la la la la la la la! In this delightfully mischievous skewed version of Deck the Halls, children have a blast getting ready for the holidays. Messes abound, but there is also lots and lots of love to share.




    Deck the Walls opens with a group of children ‘helping’ mom prepare the turkey dinner. Alas, they’ve decided to “Deck the walls with mashed potatoes! Fa la la la la la la la la” Poor mom looks a little flabbergasted, but the family dog sure looks happy. The story continues with the children having fun with olives, making a meal of grandma’s delicious cookies, and wondering why Uncle Harvey, and all their aunts and uncles “bore us.” The answer, according to the kids, is quite funny.




    This is an absolutely adorable book that will put a smile on every child’s face, as well as the adult who just might be reading the story. The children are playful, the adults are all smiling, and the ending carries a wonderful message – that family is THE most important thing during the holidays, and all through the year.




    Quill says: Get out the mashed potatoes, make some Christmas cookies and enjoy this amusing re-invention of an old Christmas favorite.

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