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"Hyperkinetically funny...The reader's mouth can only fall open in dazed delight. As satisfying as Thanksgiving dinner." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The visual appeal of this book just might make it transcend the pumpkin pie season." School Library Journal
Hyperkinetically funny...The reader's mouth can only fall open in dazed delight. As satisfying as Thanksgiving dinner." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books).
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like a Mad magazine satire in both illustration style and intent, this urban take on Child's pastoral ditty pokes fun at tradition. Catrow's (She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!) trip to Grandfather's house involves a van with uptight parents, crying kids and a baby who escapes into the lavish Macy's parade. The baby's mishaps are amusing, but, like all satire, the joke depends on the audience's familiarity with the original work. Young children will fare better with Nadine Bernard Westcott's softer interpretation or Christopher Manson's reverent version (both 1993); this one is for grade-school sophisticates. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This poem became a song and has for more than 150 years been associated with Thanksgiving. Catrow has provided an artistic interpretation that is far from traditional. His Thanksgiving family sets out in their van with kids screaming in the backseat. Baby somehow gets out of his car seat, slips through the window, and begins a fantastic journey, one that includes riding on the back of a horse pulling a hansom cab, sailing through the air with a huge balloon in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and it concludes when he parachutes back safely into his grandmother's arms. It's wild and wacky, and not to everyone's taste.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
If you are visiting relatives for Thanksgiving, don't forget a read of this favorite holiday poem-book. It outlines a journey by sleigh to Grandmother's house and a feast with pudding and pumpkin pie.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-Recalling a simpler time, this book captures the poem's sense of excitement and celebration. Readers who join the family en route to Grandfather's house will observe many details about life in the 19th century. As the sleigh traverses river and woods, parents and son greet fellow New England villagers who, bundled against the cold, are at work and at play. The toe-stinging, nose-biting chill of the trip is finally broken when they arrive at the grandparents' warm house and seat themselves at the overflowing table. For those who tend to hum the words after the first two lines, all six verses, as well as the score, are printed on the endpapers. A brief note describes the poem's origin. Manson's woodcuts, painted in the colors of a snowy evening, lovingly depict the wintry countryside. In contrast, the indoor scenes are diffused with the warm shades of the season. The mood of this edition far outshines recent efforts (Normand Chartier's version [S&S, 1990] features a greeting-card family of anthropomorphized bunnies). Like the poem itself, this title promises to have wide and ageless appeal.-Lisa S. Murphy, Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA