Puppy's First Christmas

Puppy's First Christmas

by Steve Smallman, Alison Edgson
     
 

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Mom’s been in the kitchen for DAYS, there’s a massive tree INSIDE the house, and the children have nailed their socks to the wall. Whatever will happen next . . . ? This warm and funny picture book perfectly captures the magic (and chaos!) of Christmas.
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Mom’s been in the kitchen for DAYS, there’s a massive tree INSIDE the house, and the children have nailed their socks to the wall. Whatever will happen next . . . ? This warm and funny picture book perfectly captures the magic (and chaos!) of Christmas.

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Publishers Weekly
A bright-eyed puppy is baffled when his human owners decorate a tree and nail their stockings to the wall. Luckily, the family’s pet cat is happy to fill him in: “ ‘Don’t worry, little Pup,’ said Cat,/ ‘this Christmas thing is fun./ And later, Santa Claus will come/ with gifts for everyone!’ ” Nearly every surface in Edgson’s paintings appears to be soft and cozy (the family’s Christmas tree looks as pillowy as the animals’ fur), and some of them actually are: red-and-white flocking on the cover and inside pages makes every Santa suit and hat soft to the touch. A sugar-sweet story of learning the Christmas ropes. Ages 3–7. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Puppy doesn't understand why his human family members are doing unusual things like bringing a tree in the house, "going bonkers doing loads and loads of cooking," and nailing their socks to the wall. Cat explains all about Santa and they decide to wait up for him. No surprises here. They fall asleep and awake to presents for everyone. The super-cute oversize puppy and the occasional "soft-to-touch" fuzzy Santa hats make for an appealing package. However, the story is slight and the rhyming verse is occasionally awkward and difficult to read aloud.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
This British import features a bouncy, innocent puppy who tries to figure out the meaning of all the unusual Christmas activities going on in his home. In rhyming text, the puppy wonders about the tree in the house, the stockings mysteriously nailed up on the mantel and the unusually good behavior of the two children in the family. The other pet in the household, a kindly, older cat, explains the Christmas circumstances to the puppy and tells him about Santa Claus. The pair try to stay awake on Christmas Eve as they wait for Santa's arrival, but they are asleep together under the tree when Santa makes his delivery. Sweetly traditional illustrations use lots of glowing light to create a warm mood, and the little puppy is undeniably cute, especially when wearing an oversized Santa hat, which has added texture, thanks to a raised, velvety surface. Several Santa hats and Santa's entire suit have this extra touch, including the one sported by the smiling puppy on the cover illustration. An extra-large trim size and lots of double-page illustrations make this a good choice for reading to a group. There are surprisingly few recent Christmas books about puppies or dogs, so this little puppy might be a welcome visitor in homes with dogs. Not particularly innovative, but earnest and sweet, like a puppy trying to behave. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848692404
Publisher:
Little Tiger Press
Publication date:
10/12/2015
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
595,676
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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