Flying cows? That's just one of the liberties the tenderfoot author takes in shifting the Moore chestnut to a cowboy-centric setting. But a focus on the hardscrabble life of a rancher leaves little room for child-friendly detail or holiday cheer in this re-imagining of the poem, which references "chaw," and a "nip" to ease a bad hip. During the Christmas Eve encounter, an un-jolly Santa is roughed up, lassoed and nearly dragged by a horse before the rancher vaguely recognizes the red suit. No wonder the rancher concludes, "And somehow I knew [Santa] wouldn't be back"-readers might not be, either. All ages. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmasby Joe Gribnau, Salima Alikhan
things are looking grim for Santa on Christmas Eve as he loses his voice and all his reindeer get sick before the nightï¿½s duties are done. He sends his reindeer off to bed and chooses eight cows to pull his sleigh instead. When Santa overlooks the shivering calf, Sugar Lump raises his voice to let Santa know he can pull the sleigh. A hoarse
things are looking grim for Santa on Christmas Eve as he loses his voice and all his reindeer get sick before the nightï¿½s duties are done. He sends his reindeer off to bed and chooses eight cows to pull his sleigh instead. When Santa overlooks the shivering calf, Sugar Lump raises his voice to let Santa know he can pull the sleigh. A hoarse Santa appreciates the calfï¿½s strong voice and invites him into the sleigh to command the cows.
Gr 2-5-Santa narrowly escapes getting lynched when a gruff old-timer finds him climbing into his remote cabin. With flying cows, a cussing and spitting cowboy, and the warming fireside "nip," this is an unusual version of the classic poem. While the rhyming is almost as rough as the narrator, the expansive watercolors of the Rocky Mountain scenes and the odd subtle humor give this an appealing charm. Really more for adults, it will also be enjoyed by rough-and-tumble young cowpokes whose parents aren't overly concerned about the earthier elements.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public LibraryCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Meet the Author
Salima Alikhan has created covers and interior illustrations for Kahani and Confetti magazines. She collaborated with the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, Georgia, to turn her award-winning artwork into a planetarium show. Alikhan is the illustrator of Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas and The Pied Piper of Austin, both published by Pelican. She resides in Austin, Texas.
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