Fa La La

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Oh, baby! Leslie Patricelli’s one-haired wonder returns to revel in Christmas.

It’s almost Christmas, and baby simply cannot contain the exuberance. There are things to decorate: a tree, a gingerbread house, a doggy! There are very creative presents to make, Santa to see (must be brave), carols to sing, not to mention the big event itself. Come celebrate the season with humor and joy as everyone’s favorite baby puts a special spin on Christmas....

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Overview

Oh, baby! Leslie Patricelli’s one-haired wonder returns to revel in Christmas.

It’s almost Christmas, and baby simply cannot contain the exuberance. There are things to decorate: a tree, a gingerbread house, a doggy! There are very creative presents to make, Santa to see (must be brave), carols to sing, not to mention the big event itself. Come celebrate the season with humor and joy as everyone’s favorite baby puts a special spin on Christmas.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This Christmas themed board book is all about a toddler at the peak of its oppositional power—totally age appropriate but can be hard on the rest of family. So when Mom and Dad pick one tree, baby goes for another; as the parents untangle the tree decorations, baby plays with them; just as the gingerbread house gets finished, baby gleefully smashes it. Toddlers may enjoy the colorful pictures that feature very schematic human figures. However, it is most unlikely all the Christmas fa la la traditions will make much sense to a one or two year old and the three-year-olds's are likely to be beyond most of the behavior. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS—In this bright and cheerful board book with minimal text, Baby helps Mom and Dad pick out and decorate a Christmas tree, creates and destroys a gingerbread house, and visits Santa with mixed results. All in all, it's a typical and happy Christmas for Baby-and for the youngest listeners, who will giggle at Baby singing along with carolers ("LA LA LA LA!") on the front porch, clad only in a diaper and wearing bunny slippers.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A cute, diaper-clad baby celebrates his first Christmas with Mommy and Daddy in this latest addition to Patricelli's growing list of distinctively different board books. Wearing a Santa hat, the baby cavorts with the family cat on the cover and then moves on to all the traditional Christmas preparations: unpacking decorations, picking out a tree, making presents, visiting Santa and singing Christmas carols. Each activity has just a short phrase or simple sentence of descriptive text, told in first person by the exuberant baby. Humor, both subtle and slapstick, abounds, with some jokes for young children and some for the adults reading aloud. When the baby sloppily decorates a gingerbread house with Daddy, the next page shows the baby gleefully squashing the whole house ("Boom!"). A visit to Santa Claus provides a hilarious sequence in cartoon-frame panels of the baby pulling Santa's beard and then dissolving in tears, which quickly resolve into a smile for the camera. Babies will enjoy the bright colors and funny baby character, toddlers will enjoy the simple humor, and older preschoolers will enjoy the more subtle comedy conveyed by the witty illustrations. Even Scrooge himself couldn't resist this cheerful Christmas cherub. (Board book. 1-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763632472
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Series: Leslie Patricelli board books Series
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 1,466,960
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Patricelli is the creator of a series of best-selling board books starring her beloved baby character. She is also the author-illustrator of Higher! Higher! and Faster! Faster! as well as two stories about the Patterson Puppies and, more recently, Be Quiet, Mike! She lives in Ketchum, Idaho.
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