cover image Monster Christmas

Monster Christmas

Lewis Trondheim. Papercutz (Macmillan, dist.), $9.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-59707-288-5

Award-winning French cartoonist Trondheim, known in the U.S. for his kids’ book Tiny Tyrant, tells a short holiday tale that taps into childlike fantasies. A brother, Petey, and a sister, Jean, go on a Christmas vacation to the snowy mountains with their Mom and Dad and pet monster, Kriss. On the way they encounter another monster chasing Santa Claus and have to rely on their creativity, quick thinking, and a monster of their own to save Santa and themselves. Both Trondheim’s art and the English-language translation create a story that could come from the mind of a child, despite its bizarre creatures and sudden surprises. Yet it’s also the work of a talented artist channeling that childish wonder into a finely crafted tale for young audiences. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)