by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
North Winds Press (Scholastic)
Buy from Indigo
Description: For the first time ever, Canada''s best
loved author and illustrator team creates a festive story to ring in
the holiday season - with all of the zaniness fans have come to expect,
Every year Julie finds the Christmas presents her
parents hid: in the basement, under the bed, in the garage. But this
year it''s Christmas Eve and she has found nothing. NOTHING! She''s
worried - will be there no presents at all?
takes her to a mysterious box on the rooftop, which - lo and behold -
houses all of the gifts! But, in classic Munsch mayhem, she becomes
trapped inside, creating the biggest surprise of all for her family on
Jake's Review: Munsch books are so much fun to read even for big kids like me. It's also cool that its not all mushy like most of the Christmas books usually are. I will definitely read this to the little midget at bedtime. This book would be really good for little kids cuz Munsch's writing sounds like a little kid talking. I like how fun the drawings are and each time you look at it you see something different. The pictures are really funny and even kids my age will like them. I think mom also likes this one because she is always telling me to stop looking for presents and to just be patient. Wish the book was longer.
Jake's Rating: 8.5/10
Mom's Review: I love Munsch he is always so much fun to read and kids just lap it up. Jesse liked this one too and got a kick out of all of the illustrations and kept stopping my reading to point out little things in the illustrations. I agree with Jake its nice to read a fun Christmas story that isn't saccharine or mean spirited. The family is real and quirky and just plain fun -- sort of like our family. This will appeal to readers of every age - including adults. Who hasn't gone snooping for presents -- yes Jake you mom too was a present snooper once. As always Martchenko's illustrations will delight and as Jake mentioned, you find something new each time you read. The prose is simple and childlike (this is a good thing) and perfect for reading out loud. Trust me you will love this one! Another instant classic for Munsch
Mom's Rating: 9/10
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