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Lyle at Christmas
Waber, Bernard.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [1998]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
At Christmas time, Lyle the crocodile helps Mr. Grumps search for his missing cat Loretta.
General Note:
"Walter Lorraine books."
Reading Level:
AD 410 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 27691.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.9 2 Quiz: 22751.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Holiday
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Christmas is an especially festive time for everyone's favorite crocodile, Lyle. Lyle loves Bird and Loretta the cat, who live with Mr. Grumps. He loves East 88the Street and the house he shares with the Primms, and his mother. Lyle's only problem is that he can't decide what he wants for Christmas. However not everyone is filled with holiday cheer. Mr. Grumps has the holiday blues--so much so that even his adored cat, Loretta, has had it with miserable Mr. Grumps. And then, just a few daysbefore Christmas Loretta disappears and the entire neighborhood joins Mr. Grumps in the hunt for the lost cat. Now Lyle knows exactly what he wants for Christmas--the safe return of his good friend. Will he be able to find Loretta before Christmas and restore the holiday cheer to East 88th Street?

Author Notes

Bernard Waber was born in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and educated at the University of Pennsylvania. He also studied art at the Philadelphia College of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He wrote and illustrated numerous children's books including The House on East 88th Street, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Lyle at Christmas, Ira Sleeps Over, and Ira Says Goodbye. He died on May 16, 2013.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. 'Tis the season to be jolly, but Lyle's neighbor, Mr. Grumps, is down in the dumps, instead. "I am having the blahs," he moans, and everybody obligingly tries to cheer him up--especially that lovable crocodile, Lyle. But nothing does the trick; nothing, it seems, can lift the man out of his sorry, sorry holiday blahs. But then his pet cat, Loretta, disappears, and Mr. Grumps finally has a good reason to be unhappy. Has Loretta gone for good? Will well-meaning Lyle get himself into a pickle trying to find her? Will there be reason for celebration on New York's East 88th Street? Lyle's legions of fans can guess the answers, but the croc is so darned--well, lovable, and Waber's pictures are so much fun to look at, that no one will want to miss this latest installment of the adventures of America's favorite reptile. --Michael Cart

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4‘This action-packed romp features, of course, the lovable crocodile who, as usual, saves the day‘with much wackiness along the way. Mr. Grumps, a neighbor, is stricken with a severe case of holiday blues. To add to his gloom, his cat, Loretta, runs away, and Lyle and the Primm family must step in to save the holiday. In a funny, twisting turn-of-events story, Lyle ends up in jail, but is rescued and the misunderstanding cleared up. Loretta is returned, and the whole cast of characters gathers for Christmas Eve dinner. Lively, humorous watercolor-and-ink illustrations perfectly complement Waber's expressive text. Lyle at Christmas‘or anytime‘is pure joy.‘LF (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.