Tacky's Christmas
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Tacky's Christmas

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by Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger
     
 

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Tacky, Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect are celebrating the holiday with good cheer, singing, and lots of presents. Tacky’s present is a little bit different, and not exactly what his friends had in mind, but when the Christmas merrymaking is interrupted by hunters in

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Deck the iceberg wrap a gifty
Fa la la la la la la la la...
 
Tacky, Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect are celebrating the holiday with good cheer, singing, and lots of presents. Tacky’s present is a little bit different, and not exactly what his friends had in mind, but when the Christmas merrymaking is interrupted by hunters in search of pretty penguins, it's Tacky's gift that helps to save the day….
 
A bonus CD of original carols includes: Deck the Iceberg, Sandy Clawz is Coming to Town, The Six Days of Christmas, I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas, and Oh Tackytree!

 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The comical illustrations, silly mistaken-identity concept and the impossibly dim hunters' hilarious comments all add up to a funny, entertaining read proving once again that Tacky is 'a nice bird to have around.'"—Kirkus Reviews
"Solid for reading aloud, especially in December. Munsinger's appealing watercolors illustrate the story with humor and finesse."—Booklist

"Munsinger's jolly illustrations ratchet up the silliness of Lester's laugh-out-loud story, and Tacky is as Tacky as ever."—The Horn Book

 
 

Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
Tacky, that loveable yet wacky penguin is back in this delightful Christmas adventure. Excitement is in the air as Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Nearly and Perfect are busy making Christmas preparations. But where is Tacky? Well, since his belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly when he laughs, Tacky has been chosen to play Santa Claus. And he's been practicing. Oops, he's stuck in the chimney. With a great deal of effort the others pull him out and resume their Christmas preparations. First they wrap presents, then make ornaments, and finally decorate the tree. Unfortunately there is a shortage of trees in Nice Icy Land, in fact their aren't any, so the penguins decorate Tacky instead. He makes rather an odd looking tree, all dressed up in his Santa suit and bedecked in Christmas finery, but he is sort of tree shaped, so will have to do. Finally Christmas arrives and the penguins open their presents. Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Nearly and Perfect give practical gifts such as jars of belly-sliding slickum or bottles of Yellow Brand Beak and Foot Polish. And Tacky? Tacky gives everyone a can of shaving cream. That's right, in his typical wacky way, Tacky has found the most impractical gift imaginable. Except when the hunters show up to ruin the penguin Christmas, Tacky's impractical gift saves the day. With this story Lester and Munsinger have once again teamed up to provide a fun read starring a loveable character who doesn't quite fit in, but in the end, his quirkiness always seems to save the day. Fans of the other Tacky adventures as well as those who are meeting Tacky and his friends for the first time will be delighted. Included with the book is a CD of original Christmas carols, including among others, Deck the Iceberg, O Tackytree, and I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas. Reviewer: Pat Trattles
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—When Christmas comes to the Nice Icy Land, so do hunters. But thanks to Tacky and his penguin crew, holiday antics ensue. Because there are no trees to be had, Tacky's friends decide to decorate him as a Christmas tree (over his Santa outfit). The hunters mistake him for "Sandy Clawz," whom they revere, and think that his friends are elves. There's nothing to do but enjoy a convivial evening of fish pudding, songs, and games. Munsinger's signature illustrations continue to delight. And with a CD and a songbook of Tacky's carols included, fans of the series will not be disappointed.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

In the latest amusing addition to the long-running Tacky the Penguin series, the irrepressibly individualistic penguin saves the day once again. The penguins are celebrating Christmas in Nice Icy Land, and during their celebration, the proper penguins dress Tacky as a combination Santa and Christmas tree. During their present exchange, Tacky gives his friends gifts of shaving cream, squirting everyone so it appears that the penguins all have beards. When three familiar hunters appear, they mistake the penguins for "Sandy" and his "elfies," and they all celebrate Christmas together in friendly fashion. The comical illustrations, silly mistaken-identity concept and the impossibly dim hunters' hilarious comments all add up to a funny, entertaining read proving once again that Tacky is "a nice bird to have around." A CD of Tacky's Christmas songs is included. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547172088
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/27/2010
Series:
Tacky the Penguin Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
157,259
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have collaborated on many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat, as well as the new Laugh-Along series. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York. Lynn Munsinger has lived in Vermont and Connecticut, devoting her time to freelance illustration.

http://www.helenlester.com/

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