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CHRISTMAS WITH MADDY

From the Maddy Chronicles series

In Cavers and Cavers May’s (Maddy’s First Winter, 2018, etc.) third installment in their series, an incorrigible Westie experiences her first Christmas.

Maddy, a West Highland terrier, balks when her humans start changing things in her house. There are lights up, and “chew toys” (collectable teddy bears) line the stairs. Maddy doesn’t love when the bears are moved out of reach and is even more troubled by the huge tree taking up space in the living room. Although she barks to try to get her family to move the furniture back to where it should be, everyone else seems to like the tree, so she adjusts. When Maddy gets a delicious smelling present from Grandma and her dog, the result is an unsurprising mess: wrapping paper all over the floor, presents askew, and a dog with a tummy ache! Luckily, no trip to the vet is needed, and Maddy enjoys a Christmas celebration with all her people around her. Based on the real-life adventures of a family pup, this Christmas tale captures Maddy’s personality and joie de vivre, rendering the holiday in a dog’s-eye view. Cavers May’s illustrations are a mix of drawings and sketches that are nearly photorealistic and capture both Maddy’s mischief and sweetness equally. Though there’s very little plot here, young canine lovers will enjoy Maddy’s first Christmas experience.

For readers looking for Christmas books without too much holiday message; shares the love of family through the eyes of a dog.

Pub Date: Nov. 9, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5255-4243-5

Page Count: 24

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: May 2, 2019

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...

RALPH TELLS A STORY

With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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