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GUESS WHO'S COMING TO SANTA'S FOR DINNER?

Tomie dePaola, Author, Tomie dePaola, Illustrator
Tomie dePaola, Author, Tomie dePaola, Illustrator . Putnam $16.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-399-24271-7
Reviewed on: 09/27/2004
Release date: 09/01/2004

The table's set for family fun with all the fixings—and fussing—that come with holiday gatherings when Santa decides to invite all his relatives to Christmas dinner. A surprised but supportive Mrs. C. gets things in order while "Nick" delivers toys. Soon the house guests include a few whiny nieces and nephews, a diva sister and a kleptomaniac Cousin Ulla. Everyone's offers of "help," and an unexpected polar bear guest keep the raucous repast rolling. DePaola's (Strega Nona ) successful recipe of humor, family wamth and universal situations works to delicious effect. Comical talk balloons and Cousin Ulla's swiping of Claus goods on each spread add a dash of holiday hilarity. Ages 4-up. (Sept.)

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