CHRISTMAS MORNING

Cheryl Ryan, Author, Jenny Mattheson, Illustrator , illus. by Jenny Mattheson. Scholastic/Cartwheel $6.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-439-41425-8

This book pays homage to "The House That Jack Built" and gives a nod to The Nutcracker , too. Beginning with "the house where the children slept," accompanied by a picture-perfect two-story house in sugar plum hues, the tale introduces a reindeer-drawn sleigh with a roly-poly Saint Nick at the reins, toy-filled stockings and a dramatic tussle between a doll, Rat King and Nutcracker, before arriving at a cheerful, peaceful Christmas morning. Subtly stylized oil paintings create a light, sunny feel—except when the Rat King stirs up some slightly darker, fast-flying action. Suggestions for read-aloud hand motions are included. Ages 3-5. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 09/27/2004
Release date: 10/01/2004
Genre: Children's
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