Is It Christmas Yet?
Jane Chapman. Tiger Tales, $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-58925-149-6
Chapman knows a thing or two about creating expressive, adorably lumpy bears, and the two that star in this story are engaged in a waiting game. Teddy is a bundle of energy, deliriously excited for Christmas to arrive, while Big Bear is rapidly losing patience with the smaller bear’s repeated question, “Is it Christmas yet?” There’s not much of a story beyond the bears’ messy holiday preparations, which include wrapping gifts, baking a cake, and finding the perfect tree, but Chapman revels in portraying the enthusiasm, agony—and shortened tempers—that are all too common in the days leading up to Christmas. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/16/2013