THE WORST TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

THE WORST TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Six-year-old Joy has a less-than-joyful attitude at Christmas due to her boisterous baby brother, Sam.

The text intersperses rhyming couplets with the familiar structure of the often-parodied Christmas song, but instead of a partridge in a pear tree, the repeated conclusion here is “a stinky baby messing with the tree.” Little Sam, who clearly needs more adult supervision, wreaks havoc on Joy’s Christmas decorations and activities, ripping open her wrapped gifts, eating the heads off her gingerbread men and snapping the wings off her beloved treetop angel. Joy huffs off to bed in a snit on Christmas Eve, but Christmas morning brings a happy resolution: All the broken items have been mended (where possible), and Sam says his first word, “Joy.” Computer-generated illustrations have moody, glowing lighting suited to Joy’s mercurial emotions, and creative use of swirling lines and jagged edges indicate the out-of-control nature of the household. Joy looks more like a teenager than a 6-year-old, and Sam is incredibly dexterous for his age, but the illustrations capture the bold baby’s impish transgressions with flair.

Some joyless adults will object to the “stinky baby” theme, but lots of kids will find the mischievous mayhem a refreshing alternative to sticky-sweet holiday stories. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0033-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Abrams
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