Merry Un-Christmas

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The first Un–Christmas classic from the bestselling team of How Murray Saved Christmas.

When Noelle wakes up every morning, she must put her new pony in the backyard with all of her other ponies and her new bike in the garage with all of her other bikes. It is another normal day in Christmas City, where every day is Christmas except for one–the much anticipated but highly uncelebrated Un–Christmas Day.

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Overview

The first Un–Christmas classic from the bestselling team of How Murray Saved Christmas.

When Noelle wakes up every morning, she must put her new pony in the backyard with all of her other ponies and her new bike in the garage with all of her other bikes. It is another normal day in Christmas City, where every day is Christmas except for one–the much anticipated but highly uncelebrated Un–Christmas Day.

Perfect for every child who wishes for more, more, and more, the bestselling collaboration of Mike Reiss and David Catrow give a new meaning to the phrase "a joyous holiday."

Ages 3 – 7

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Publishers Weekly
Is it possible to have too much Christmas? For Noelle, a resident of Christmas City, Texmas, where it's Christmas 364 days a year, the answer is a resounding "yes!" Weary of receiving new toys, computers and ponies under the family's decorated tree each morning, Noelle longs for the Un-Christmas holiday-the one day she gets to go to school, receive mail, eat TV dinners and, afterwards, see the stars without a glow of holiday lights interfering. Kids will have fun navigating this team's (How Murray Saved Christmas) topsy-turvy world and its Groundhog Day elements while savoring the humorous and gumdrop-hued high energy scenes of wide-eyed characters. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
In Christmas City, Texmas, every day but one is Christmas; that makes Christmas Day an unexciting one for Noelle, who is bored with opening presents, bored with Christmas dinner, and bored at the thought of yet another Christmas Day. But on August 16, Noelle and her family get to enjoy Un-Christmas. On that day, all the Christmas decorations are taken down, school is opened, and the post office delivers the letters and bills that have waited to be handed over for months. Noelle gets to watch television; Oprah and Gilligan's Island finally usurp the Grinch and Scrooge. Noelle gets to sing her favorite Un-Christmas song, a charming little ditty about the mailman and his deliveries. And the final glory of Un-Christmas Day is the eating of TV dinners by Noelle and her family. The illustrations for this book are perfect; a resemblance to Dr. Seuss with Catrow's own distinctive style will be sure to grab young reader's attention. This is a wonderful holiday story about appreciating the little things in life and will work well for teachers looking for that special read-aloud text. A must-have for every library.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Little Noelle is blas on Christmas morning when she gets numerous presents including a computer and a pony. Her father grumbles at the abundant feast ("Turkey with chestnut dressing and mashed potatoes and carrots and peas and five kinds of pie again?"). As it turns out, their dissatisfaction is justified, for Noelle and her family live in a town where it is Christmas 364 days a year. They are grateful for the one day when the decorations get packed away, folks can relax and eat TV dinners, mail gets delivered, and children get to go to school-Un-Christmas! Catrow's colorful, zany illustrations perfectly capture the tone for this tongue-in-cheek cautionary tale. Be careful what you wish for, indeed!-Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Christmas celebrations? Again? Ho-ho-hum. It's just another regular day in the town of Christmas City in the state of Texmas. It's Christmas there 364 days a year, and all those presents and holiday feasts and bright decorations just get so very boring week after week. This satirical story focuses on a little girl named Noelle who is looking forward to celebrating Un-Christmas, the one day of the year when she gets to attend school and see her friends. She delights in watching new TV shows, receiving mail and seeing the starlit night sky after the de-lighting of the town Christmas tree. Noelle is sorry to see the one special day of the year end, though her mom assures her that it would be boring to have Un-Christmas all year long. Catrow's exuberant watercolor illustrations match the tongue-in-cheek tone of the text, with a futuristic flair and a cool color palette of icy blue, lemon and lime. He incorporates witty asides into store signs and newspapers ads ("Only three more shopping days till Un-Christmas") for some additional chuckles. (Picture book. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060591267
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Reiss is a former head writer for The Simpsons, a show for which he has won four Emmy awards. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he served as president of The Harvard Lampoon, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. His other books for children include How Murray Saved Christmas, Santa Claustrophobia, and The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln, all illustrated by David Catrow.

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com

    For Noelle, there's one day a year that she looks forward to more than any other. No, it's not Christmas, but Un-Christmas! <BR/><BR/>For Noelle and her family, who live in Christmas City, Texmas, Un-Christmas is the one and only day when things are as close to normal as they can get. Noelle can go to school (since school is closed on Christmas), the mailman can finally deliver the mail (since the post office is closed on Christmas), and she can watch regular shows on television (since Christmas is filled with holiday specials and the Grinch and Scrooge). For the family that celebrates Christmas 364 days a year, Un-Christmas is a wonderful day! <BR/><BR/>My kids thought, at first, that having Christmas every day of the year except one sounded like a wonderful idea. Until they realized that, like Noelle, they would soon have so many presents they wouldn't want to play with any of them. And that having a large Christmas dinner--the SAME Christmas dinner--every single day would start to get boring. And that the feeling of excitement and anticipation that comes on Christmas Day would, after celebrating it so many times, start to fade. <BR/><BR/>No, they decided, Noelle is right to be so happy to see Un-Christmas come. And having Christmas once a year really is enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2006

    Yay! It's Un-Christmas Day!

    For Noelle, there's one day a year that she looks forward to more than any other. No, it's not Christmas, but Un-Christmas! For Noelle and her family, who live in Christmas City, Texmas, Un-Christmas is the one and only day when things are as close to normal as they can get. Noelle can go to school (since school is closed on Christmas), the mailman can finally deliver the mail (since the post office is closed on Christmas), and she can watch regular shows on television (since Christmas is filled with holiday specials and the Grinch and Scrooge). For the family that celebrates Christmas 364 days a year, Un-Christmas is a wonderful day! My kids thought, at first, that having Christmas every day of the year except one sounded like a wonderful idea. Until they realized that, like Noelle, they would soon have so many presents they wouldn't want to play with any of them. And that having a large Christmas dinner--the SAME Christmas dinner--every single day would start to get boring. And that the feeling of excitement and anticipation that comes on Christmas Day would, after celebrating it so many times, start to fade. No, they decided, Noelle is right to be so happy to see Un-Christmas come. And having Christmas once a year really is enough!

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