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Snowed Under and Other Christmas Confusions

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When I woke up on the day before Christmas, the snow had just started to fall.

“Out of bed, sleepyhead!” called my mother. “We're going to have to work our tails off to get ready for Christmas tomorrow.”

Serge Bloch, the witty author and illustrator of Butterflies in My Stomach, Reach for the Stars, and You Are What You Eat, brings his ...

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Overview

When I woke up on the day before Christmas, the snow had just started to fall.

“Out of bed, sleepyhead!” called my mother. “We're going to have to work our tails off to get ready for Christmas tomorrow.”

Serge Bloch, the witty author and illustrator of Butterflies in My Stomach, Reach for the Stars, and You Are What You Eat, brings his readers a touch of happy holiday spirit. 
 
Everyone's a little snowed under preparing for Christmas: a storm is brewing, and there's fear Santa might get stuck at the North Pole.  But all it takes is a little decking the halls and trimming the tree to have everyone lighting up with joy.
 
Bloch's humor and unique art--which combines photographs and charming line drawings--help make Christmas very merry, indeed.

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With a tip of the stocking cap to Amelia Bedelia, Bloch offers a charming Christmas story interwoven with common expressions that can be interpreted in more than one way, illustrated in a refreshing collage style that combines pen-and-ink drawings and photographs.

The first-person story is narrated by a little boy who is preparing for the holiday along with his parents, grandparents, sister and dog. Each page offers a few lines of text including one familiar phrase, highlighted in red or green, along with a humorous illustration playing off the pertinent expression. The boy uses many familiar sayings, like "trim the tree" and "as hungry as a bear," and others that may be new to children, such as "feeding an army" and "when pigs fly." Bloch lives in Paris, and he brings a French flair to his illustrations with sophisticated, minimalist pen-and-ink drawings of the human characters in combination with photographic elements, such as playing cards for "deck the halls" and a real sardine can illustrating "packed in like sardines." The illustrations are creatively composed with effective use of white space, shadows and perspective along with motion and sight gags.

As all kids know, "time flies when you're having fun," even on Christmas Eve. This is more fun than a barrel of monkeys.(Picture book. 4-9)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402771316
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Edition description: Gift
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Serge Bloch won a gold medal at the Society of Illustrators and has created art for numerous books for children and adults. He also illustrates for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and the Chicago Tribune. He lives in Paris with his wife, two sons, two cats, and a dog. Visit him at www.sergebloch.net.
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