The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza

The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza

4.0 1
by David Shannon
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

This year, the Merriweather family is really going to celebrate Christmas.Instead of simply trimming their tree and hanging a holly on the door, the Merriweathers decide to decorate their whole house. And decorate they do, with colored lights, candy canes, giant snowmen, and a fifty-foot Santa...and soon the family's Christmas extravaganza is the talk of the town!…  See more details below

Overview

This year, the Merriweather family is really going to celebrate Christmas.Instead of simply trimming their tree and hanging a holly on the door, the Merriweathers decide to decorate their whole house. And decorate they do, with colored lights, candy canes, giant snowmen, and a fifty-foot Santa...and soon the family's Christmas extravaganza is the talk of the town! Award-winning artist David Shannon presents a visual holiday feast-and reminds us that the real joys of Christmas are the people we love.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This book provides a vision of holiday observance gone wild. When Mr. Merriweather places a small string of lights around his front door to celebrate the season, his neighbor Mr. Clack mocks the paltry show of lights, for he's "got seventeen strings of lights and they blink on and off!" Merriweather takes this as a direct challenge, and before long his lawn is planted with overgrown candy canes, gigantic snowmen and a monstrous Santa. There are countless elves, lights, and toy soldiers perched atop his bushes and roof. His neighbors, infuriated by the lights and tourists, gather a Christmas vigilante crew armed with croquet mallets and golf clubs to "slash, bash and trash" everything in sight. In the light of day, his ashamed neighbors apologize and attempt to make amends, but Merriweather, no longer blinded by the holiday lights, has found something he lost while decking his halls--the joy of being with his family and the anticipation of Easter's arrival.
Stephanie Zvirin
Like the illustrations in "How Georgie Radburn Saved Baseball" (1994), the pictures in this modern-day holiday parable are sturdy and filled with realistically executed details, and the principal characters appear larger than life: nice, apple-cheeked Mr. Merriweather and very scary-looking Mr. Clack, whose chiding sets Mr. Merriweather on a frenzy of holiday house decorating that causes him to alienate his neighbors, forget his devoted family, and lose sight of Christmas. This is no sentimental Christmas yarn despite the final message. In fact, there's a biting edge, as neighbors form a vicious mob and rip down Merriweather's twinkling displays. All ends on a note of comedy and camaraderie, however, with Mr. Merriweather finally able to put Christmas in perspective--and get on to preparations for Easter. The setup (and the comedy) has an adult feel, and a double-page sideways spread stops the smooth flow of the story, but the brilliant colors, depth, and meticulous details of the artwork will be enough to attract plenty of older children.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590480901
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Series:
Fiction Picture Book Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, this is a very nice christmas picture book. The story may be a little long for the YOUNGEST family members, but the pictures and story itself are enjoyable and fun.