cover image Puppy’s First Christmas

Puppy’s First Christmas

Steve Smallman, illus. by Alison Edgson. Good Books, $16.99 (26p) ISBN 978-1-56148-767-7

A bright-eyed puppy is baffled when his human owners decorate a tree and nail their stockings to the wall. Luckily, the family’s pet cat is happy to fill him in: “ ‘Don’t worry, little Pup,’ said Cat,/ ‘this Christmas thing is fun./ And later, Santa Claus will come/ with gifts for everyone!’ ” Nearly every surface in Edgson’s paintings appears to be soft and cozy (the family’s Christmas tree looks as pillowy as the animals’ fur), and some of them actually are: red-and-white flocking on the cover and inside pages makes every Santa suit and hat soft to the touch. A sugar-sweet story of learning the Christmas ropes. Ages 3–7. (Oct.)