Silent Night


It's Christmas Eve. All is ...

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It's Christmas Eve. All is silent, except

Woof Woof Woof

...for one smart dog,

Yap Yapp Yap

who is getting in someone's way...

someone who has something

very important to do tonight....

Yap Yap Bark

Will that dog ever be quiet?

Yap Yapp

Woof Woof Yap

Yap Wuff Bark

Bark Bark Bark

Woof Bark Woof

Wuff Wuff Wuff

Wuff Wuff

After all, it's supposed to be a Silent Night....

Yap Yap grrrr Yapp

A sly and clever Christmas tale like no other!

Santa tries to deliver presents on Christmas Eve, but he is hindered by a very vocal dog who will not stop barking, woofing, and yapping.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except for a small dog with a big mouth. Turner's humorously titled debut picture book strings together panels of smallish pencil sketches of a family preparing for bed on Christmas Eve and the hyperactive pooch racing about, providing the book's only text: talk bubbles consisting of "yap," "bark," "woof" and, upon Santa's late-night arrival, "grrrr." A roly-poly St. Nick garbed in traditional red adds a splash to mostly cream-colored pages; in a Wizard of Oz-style flourish, the only fully colored spread is that showing the family on Christmas morning by their tree. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Nearly wordless except for the yaps, barks, and wuffs of the dog who sees what's going on, this picture book shows what happens on Christmas Eve when Santa delivers presents. The dog senses what's going to happen but the family doesn't so they banish him to his bed while they go to theirs. When Santa's sleigh, a spiffy one with headlights arrives on the roof, the dog continues to bark, yap and woof. But the people can't see Santa¾only the dog now loose in the house again can. He actually bites Santa's enormous backside but his barking results in his being tossed outside. In the morning, the dog continues to bark until a cat tells him to be quiet and he is strangely shushed. In the house, a boy spies something red in the fireplace, a patch of red cloth but he father clueless tosses it back and it drifts up and out of the house to reappear on the endpapers as a real glued-in piece of fabric. The dog's ballooned barking is a part of the design element, appearing all over the page in single, group, and densely overprinted text, and at one time the barks darken the whole page except for a small corner. Turner's line drawings are tinted in cream, with occasional dabs of green, Santa red, yellow, and gray. While the stylish graphics, with multiple divisions, small vignettes, and wonky-looking people are fun, there's not much story here but that piece of cloth will charm young readers, especially those who still believe. 2001, Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, $16.00. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
Gr 2 Up-A sophisticated yet amusingly simple take on the holiday, told as an extended cartoon strip. The black-line drawings set against a beige background perfectly match the text, which consists exclusively of dog sounds (sometimes nearly filling a double-page spread). It's Christmas Eve and the family dog won't stop barking despite bribery and scolding on the part of mom, dad, or the two kids. When the humans go to bed (wuff, bark, yap), Santa arrives in a chauffeur-driven, motorized sleigh and goes about his work while the dog frantically yelps and growls around his feet. Finally dad wakes and looks right through Santa, much to the frustration of the canine. As the jolly old man goes up the chimney, the terrier nips at his trousers. Morning comes and the family puzzles over where the gifts and a patch of red fabric came from. Affixed to the back cover is a scrap of red felt-clearly the very one nipped from Santa's trousers. Additional color is added to emphasize the main subject or action in each page (e.g., red for Santa's suit, white on the dog's body). One spread explodes into full color at a pivotal point of opportunity for the parents to acknowledge the existence of Santa. The drawings and text successfully capture the simplicity and innocence of a child's belief and acceptance, as well as the skepticism or oblivion of adults, while incorporating a delightfully clever and magical ending. Definitely a book to return to several times.-M. W. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A witty, wordless (in a sense) Christmas Eve tale from a New Yorker artist, featuring an indefatigably yippy small dog who goes positively ballistic when Santa drops down the chimney. To the dog's intense frustration, however, Santa is invisible to all the sleepy folk roused by the commotion. The simply drawn figures are set within cartoon boxes, with only pale tan fill and red highlights for color, but literally hundreds of hand-lettered "woofs" and "grrrs" for decoration-not so much text as motif, impossible to actually read. Turner serves up a surprise at the end: not only does the palette change to Christmas colors, but before being sent packing by a cat's "Sssshhhhh!," the pup scores a patch from the seat of Santa's pants-and an actual patch of red felt is glued to the final page. Grownups will chuckle; children would probably like this more as an animated film. (Picture book. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689841569
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 7 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandy Turner draws bits of art for The New Yorker.

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