CHRISTMAS IN JULY by Arthur Yorinks

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

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Age Range: 4 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 With their own inimitable sparkle, an irrepressible duo tackles a hoary subject: Santa delayed. The problem is his pants; the cleaner has mistakenly sent them to N.Y.C. plutocrat Rich Rump, and the arrogant Rump won't even listen to Santa's urgent tale of woe. Neither will anyone else; unrecognized, he's arrested for loitering and sentenced to six months--during which Christmas doesn't happen and the economy languishes. By the time Santa emerges, Rump is trying to peddle the pants on a street corner and has mellowed enough to present them to Santa as a gift (``They're so you''). And Christmas finally comes! Caldecott-winner Egielski's illustrations have as much sly humor as the text--even signs and lampposts contribute to the lively, comical action, while a mural above the female judge, who is irate at Santa's pantless state (he wears polka-dotted boxer shorts), exhibits a row of bare male legs beneath the skirts of classical togas. These laugh-aloud pictures are also exquisitely designed and drawn with panache; the subtle caricatures are touched with rueful humor. Here's one holiday book to keep out all year long. (Picture book. 4+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-06-020256-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1991




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