Woodleigh Marx Hubbard's Twelve Days of Christmas

Woodleigh Marx Hubbard's Twelve Days of Christmas

by Woodleigh Marx Hubbard
     
 
Bestselling artist Woodleigh Marx Hubbard breathes new life into an age-old holiday favorite. Brimming with visual puns, every page in this exuberant book is filled with amusing characters joyously celebrating the season. The perfect gift book, it also includes 12 whimsical press-out ornaments that are sure to be treasured for many holidays to come. Full color.

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Bestselling artist Woodleigh Marx Hubbard breathes new life into an age-old holiday favorite. Brimming with visual puns, every page in this exuberant book is filled with amusing characters joyously celebrating the season. The perfect gift book, it also includes 12 whimsical press-out ornaments that are sure to be treasured for many holidays to come. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Waggish gouache paintings and a playful, cursive typeface rev up Hubbard's (Hip Cat) rendition of the traditional cumulative carol. Four "calling" birds squawking to one another on the telephone and 12 frogs leaping among cups of eggnog are among the inventive interpretations here. A rebus-like line of numbers and symbols skips along the bottom of each page, reminding readers of the previous verses to the song. A dozen sturdy punch-out keepsake ornaments are included. All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This is the year for redoing The Twelve Days of Christmas. Hubbard's version is quite sophisticated, and the drawings have lots of sly humor - the French Hens are all wearing berets, the Pipers Piping are sandpipers with horns. At the bottom of each spread there is a number with a picture symbol to remind readers of the verses to be repeated. It is a bright, bold, and very modern interpretation of the traditional carol. The book includes twelve press-out ornaments featuring the characters in the text.
Kirkus Reviews
Readers have heard it a trillion times before and still can't remember the verses. But in this version of the carol, Hubbard (The Friendship Book, 1992, etc.) provides solutions to both issues. This witty reinterpretation of too-familiar phrases ingeniously depicts the song's slightly archaic words as children might imagine them. Thus, "four calling birds" comes with a quartet of chatty chickens yakking away on the telephone. Belled dogs provide the five gold rings. The French hens wear, of course, berets. The bottom of each page shows an accumulating list of icons to help children keep the verses straight, cues that even pre-readers will have fun decoding. Carnival colors and Hubbard's funky drawing style create a festive holiday atmosphere. Included are cardboard cut-out ornaments of the drawings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811812641
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Edition description:
BK&ACCES
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.39(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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