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ROC AND ROE'S TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Nick Cannon

ROC AND ROE'S TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

by Nick Cannon ; illustrated by A.G. Ford

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Oct. 28th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-545-51950-2
Publisher: Scholastic

Celebrity children decorate a Christmas tree over the course of 12 days.

“On the first day of Christmas, / Roc and Roe put on their Christmas tree / an angel with sparkly, shiny wings.” From that inauspicious start, America’s Got Talent host Cannon sets the children to decorating the tree, one day at a time, with such trinkets as singing Santas, balloons with bows, festive fairies and chugging choo-choos. As the twins decorate, their two Jack Russell terriers cavort—probably the inspiration for the tree’s “nine jumping Jacks.” The children are modeled on Cannon and Mariah Carey’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe (seen in a family photo on the front endpapers). There is no getting around the stumbling rhythms and occasionally obscure, presumably scansion-forced vocabulary; in addition to those jumping Jacks, the kids hang “three ‘pip’ photos,” a reference that may send readers unfamiliar with this Carey-ism to Google to parse (a note on the jacket flap is utterly opaque). Ford does his best to make it work. Amusingly, the two children pack the bottom boughs full, not attempting the higher ones till Day 11, when Roc teeters dangerously on, presumably, a windowsill to hang some teddy bears. Probably the book’s greatest contribution is the prominent placement of a dark-skinned angel on Day 1; this acts as a focal point for all that follows.

For fans only. (Picture book. 3-5)