The Night Before Christmas (Minnie and Moo Series)by Denys Cazet
When the farmer forgets where he hid his grandchildren's presents, it's up to Minnie and Moo to save Christmas!
Horn Book Magazine“Cazet’s illustrations detail both the slapstick adventure and wacky characters with understated aplomb.”
Publishers WeeklyIn this beginning reader, the bovine series heroes consult the Clement Moose "classic," in which the farmer forgets where he's hidden his grandchildren's presents. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library JournalK-Gr 2-When the farmer forgets where he hid the Christmas presents for his grandchildren, the creative bovine duo steps in to save the day. They transform themselves into Santa and Mrs. Claus and load up a wheelbarrow drawn by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rooster. Eight chickens with plastic forks tied to their heads follow and hilarity ensues in this delightful spoof of Clement C. Moore's classic poem by Denys Cazet. This unabridged reading is accompanied by festive music and some sound effects that enhance the story. Track 1 includes page-turning signals, while track 2 is read uninterrupted. Narrator Barbara Caruso is superb, and fans of Minnie and Moo will be delighted by this format. School and public libraries will find this a popular addition to their book-and-tape collections.-Shauna Yusko, St. Monica School, Mercer Island, WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsThis tenth addition to the Minnie and Moo series follows the bovine best friends in a hilarious Christmas easy reader by Cazet (Minnie and Moo and the Potato from Planet X, p. 331, etc.). His clever plot uses short rhyming sections at the beginning of each short chapter that follow the pattern of "�Twas the Night before Christmas" and help to advance the story. Minnie and Moo decide to be helpful by dressing up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus to deliver some mislaid family presents to the resident farmer�s grandchildren. They use a wheelbarrow as a sleigh and, in a laugh-out-loud twist, the chickens and a rooster serve as the reindeer, with plastic forks taped to their heads in lieu of antlers. The plot is funny enough to work as a read-aloud, and both children and adults will enjoy Cazet�s droll and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor. His illustrations also add to the fun, especially the body language and the expressions on the cows� faces. The reading level, longer length, and vocabulary are for children reading at upper second-grade level, but both younger and older children (and adults) will also enjoy this comical view of Christmas Eve on the funny farm. (Easy reader. 5-8)
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