Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve

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What is that fat guy in the red suit doing on the roof? wonders Minerva Louise one snowy evening. She follows him down the chimney and, to her surprise, sees a big tree inside. The harebrained hen can't make any sense of it, but young children will cackle with delight as they follow Minerva around on her Christmas Eve adventure with the jolly fat fellow. She even gets a present!

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Overview

What is that fat guy in the red suit doing on the roof? wonders Minerva Louise one snowy evening. She follows him down the chimney and, to her surprise, sees a big tree inside. The harebrained hen can't make any sense of it, but young children will cackle with delight as they follow Minerva around on her Christmas Eve adventure with the jolly fat fellow. She even gets a present!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

One of the best-loved birdbrains in picture books tries to take Santa under her wing in this festive romp. Out of her henhouse on Christmas Eve, Minerva Louise invites herself to the roof party, where the "goats" are sporting their "fanciest horns," but she decides to rescue that nice "farmer" in the red hat when he falls down the "well." As usual, Stoeke's humor is pitched just right to preschoolers, and her night-time palette has particular punch. Ages 2-up (Sept.).

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Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
The charming Minerva Louise returns in this welcome addition to Stoeke's series about the slightly mixed-up hen. Readers who are already acquainted with the fabled fowl will relish this look at her encounter with "the farmer in the red hat." This fellow fell down the chimney after putting a vehicle pulled by "goats" with fancy horns on the roof of "her" farmer's house. Minerva Louise always identifies new things in terms of things already familiar to her—goats she knows. She always views the world with an eye to "hennish" activities—almost everything looks like a good spot for a nest to her little black dot eyes. She follows the new farmer down into the "nest" and discovers that a tree has found its way into the living room. Adults will adore the next line, even if little ones do not "get" it: "It must have come in out of the cold." She assumes that the angel on top of the tree is a pretty white hen. She also assumes that said hen has laid all of the colorful eggs that are decorating the indoor tree. She does try to protect her farmer's socks: "Now take your stuff out of their socks!" as well as telling the new farmer not to eat her farmer's "breakfast" (those cookies would make an unusual breakfast treat). And then the farmer in the red hat unpacks one more box and offers it to Minerva Louise. Thrilled, she immediately removes the hat and scarf from the gift box and settles into the tissue paper—ah, another perfect nest! Stoeke's uncluttered illustrations convey all of Minerva Louise's feelings as she experiences each new facet of this adorable look at Santa's visit to "her" farmer's house (oops, excuse me, I meant nest). I can hardly wait to share this withMinerva Louise's fans in my own family (even though they are grown-ups, they still love this particular hen)! Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-Fans of the endearingly naive hen will find themselves chuckling aloud. This time, Minerva Louise mistakes Christmas Eve preparations for a party, Santa for a farmer, and the reindeer for goats wearing fancy hats. Her confusion is satisfyingly resolved when Santa gives her a present and, true to character, she mistakes the box it comes in as a nest. Stoeke's books are a mastery of simplicity; much is conveyed in her boldly outlined, full-color cartoon illustrations and minimal text. A delightful choice, perfect for storytime.-Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
Minerva Louise continues her bird-brained approach to life in this latest installment in the successful series about the confused chicken. To Minerva Louise, Christmas lights are fireflies and a treetop angel is just another pretty white hen. She thinks Santa is a farmer in a red suit, the reindeer are goats wearing fancy party horns and the sleigh must be a truck whose wheels have fallen off. Minerva Louise follows Santa down the chimney into the farmhouse, misinterpreting each of his actions as he fills the stockings, eats his snack and distributes presents. When he offers her a present of her own, the cheerful chicken is thrilled with his gift, thinking the present is the box itself rather than its contents. The final page shows Minerva Louise making a nest out of the gift box. Stoeke's bright and simple illustrations and the succinct, tongue-in-cheek text make this a good choice for a humorous addition to holiday storytimes. Preschoolers will enjoy the silly fun in Minerva Louise's offbeat approach, and they will take pleasure in feeling intellectually superior to this comical but lovable "dumb cluck." (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142414491
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Stoeke

Janet Morgan Stoeke is the creator of the hen Minerva Louise, who has appeared in many books. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Visit her website at http://www.minervalouise.com

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