Ricky's Christmas Tree

Ricky's Christmas Tree

by Guido Van Genechten, Guido van Genechten

Translation of: Rikki wil een kerstboom.


Translation of: Rikki wil een kerstboom.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ricky the rabbit’s sixth outing is a Christmas story, and initially he is the only one in his family feeling the Christmas spirit. Ricky’s father protests every step of the way when his flop-eared son insists they head out into the cold to purchase a Christmas tree. But after a tumble down a hill on their way back home, Dad remembers how much fun winter, snow, and Christmas can be. Ricky’s enthusiasm is infectious in van Genechten’s bright, thickly painted scenes; kids and parents alike will likely see glimpses of their own lives in the sometimes stressful, sometimes tender holiday moments that unfold. Ages 3�5. (Sept.)
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"Ricky's enthusiasm is infectious in van Genechten's bright, thickly painted scenes; kids and parents alike will likely see glimpses of their own lives in the sometimes stressful, sometimes tender holiday moments that unfold." —Publishers Weekly (September 25, 2011)

"Genechten's outstanding illustrations perfectly bring to life this lovely tale about the importance of taking time to be together . . . especially during the holidays." —Nashville Parent (December 2011)

School Library Journal
PreS-K—Ricky's parents have been too busy to get a Christmas tree, so the rabbit with lopsided ears convinces his dad to tear himself away from his bills to buy one—and though at first his dad is crabby, the two end up having fun in the snow. Thanks to the big tree and Ricky's dad's improved mood, the holiday is merry after all. The illustrations, with their simple shapes, thick dark outlines, and warm colors, have plenty of appeal for toddlers and preschoolers. Though the text isn't particularly noteworthy, this is a pleasant little tale about a boy and his dad.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Ricky is a cheerful young rabbit preparing for the Christmas holiday celebration in this sixth entry in a series originating in Holland and Belgium. At first the bunny boy's parents are too busy to get ready for Christmas, but Ricky convinces his father that they need to find a tree and prepare for the holiday. Charming illustrations on oversized pages show Ricky and his patient father working together to haul home their Christmas tree by sled, struggling through a snowstorm and tumbling together, head over heels, down a steep hill. Father and son recover to enjoy some time playing together in the snow, juggling snowballs and making rabbit-shaped snow angels together. A final spread illustrates Ricky and his parents relaxing together next to their tree decorated with real candles and a glowing star. Observant readers will notice the snow-white cat following Ricky throughout the day and peeking in the window in the final cozy Christmas Eve scene. Van Genechten's paintings have a lovely, naïve quality, with bold shapes and thick, black outlines of the rabbits that make them stand out against the snow scenes. However, the plodding story and trite dialogue do not match the high quality of the illustrations. This endearing bunny deserves a better tale. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

Publication date:
Ricky Series
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Guido van Genechtenis an illustrator and the author of several bestselling children's books, including "Alex and the Tart," "Because I Love You So Much," "Flop Ear and His Friends," and the Ricky series. He is a winner of the Reader's Digest Award for Best Children's Books Illustrator.

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