BABY CHRISTMAS by Michael Lawrence


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Age Range: 3 - 6


This British import describes the holiday experiences of Father Christmas, Mother Christmas and their young son, Baby Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Mother Christmas leaves her baby in his tiny sleigh tethered to young Rudolph Junior while she attends to her baking. Rudolph Junior’s nose suddenly glows red, indicating his emerging ability to fly, and he takes off with Baby Christmas transported along behind in his baby-blue sleigh. They fly around the world with Father and Mother Christmas and Rudolph Senior in hot pursuit. After rounding up the youngsters, they all fly back to their Christmas Eve work, with some detours due to Rudolph Junior’s sneezing fits. The watercolor illustrations in a loose, cartoon-like style are charming, with a gangly Rudolph Junior and a round-eyed, roly-poly baby. The oversized volume features a lovely cover design with a pale-blue background and glittering stars, with Baby Christmas and Rudolph Junior flying toward the title spelled out in huge silver letters. However, the attractive illustrations and cover aren’t enough to make up for the thin plot, forced humor and inane dialogue. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-7641-5998-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Barron’s
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2006


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