PRISSY & POP DECK THE HALLS by Melissa Nicholson

PRISSY & POP DECK THE HALLS

From the "Prissy & Pop" series
Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Miniature pigs celebrate the Christmas holiday together in a story illustrated with photographs of the pampered porcine pair.

Prissy and Pop are pets who live in Florida with their owner, a first-grade teacher. The micro-pigs have their own Instagram account, stuffed pig toys named for them, and now their own book series. This holiday offering is the second, following Prissy & Pop: Big Day Out (2016). The two pigs are photographed in costumes as they decorate their Christmas tree, bake holiday treats, and sing carols on Christmas Eve before hanging up their stockings. On Christmas morning they pose in matching red pajamas in front of piles of presents. The photographs are slickly professional, and the design places a full-page photo opposite a text block set against red or green backgrounds on each double-page spread. The costumes and props are all cheerfully Christmas-y, and the piggies are undeniably cute. The text, however, is mostly just description of the activities in the photographs, with unconvincing dialogue and lame jokes as well. (“Hooves crossed!”). The dialogue is forced and determinedly upbeat, with lots of exclamation marks. (“ ‘It’s a winter wonderland!’ cries Prissy.”) There is no real plot to speak of.

No silk purse here, just four little piggie ears. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-06-243996-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2016




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