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Silent night
Turner, Sandy.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Santa tries to deliver presents on Christmas Eve, but he is hindered by a very vocal dog who will not stop barking, woofing, and yapping.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday

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It's Christmas Eve. All is silent, except Woof Woof Woof ...for one smart dog, Yap Yapp Yap who is getting in someone's way...someone who has somethingvery important to do tonight.... Yap Yap Bark Will that dog ever be quiet? Yap YappWoof Woof YapYap Wuff BarkBark Bark BarkWoof Bark WoofWuff Wuff WuffWuff Wuff After all, it's supposed to be a Silent Night.... Yap Yap grrrr Yapp A sly and clever Christmas tale like no other!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. This is Silent Night gone bonkers, in both story and text. The family dog barks as Mom and Dad prepare for Christmas then go off to bed. The pup really goes nuts when Santa arrives. In its canine craziness, it rips off a generous square of the jolly invader's bright red suit before Santa escapes. The square provokes interest among the children but is tossed by the father, flies up the chimney, and is finally pasted in felt glory on the book's final page. Turner, who "draws bits of art for The New Yorker," positions highly stylized, ink-line cartoon characters, both sophisticated and childlike, against buff-colored backgrounds. There's only one full-color spread; otherwise it's mostly Santa's bright red suit and the small white dog providing the color. The text is just as spare, with the words--bark, woof, and yipfunctioning largely as design elements. This is a special book, refreshingly unconventional, stylish, and slightly mad. Children will have fun poring over the pictures and making up stories to explain the action, though there's a lot going on that will be most appreciated by grown-ups. --Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except for a small dog with a big mouth. Turner's humorously titled debut picture book strings together panels of smallish pencil sketches of a family preparing for bed on Christmas Eve and the hyperactive pooch racing about, providing the book's only text: talk bubbles consisting of "yap," "bark," "woof" and, upon Santa's late-night arrival, "grrrr." A roly-poly St. Nick garbed in traditional red adds a splash to mostly cream-colored pages; in a Wizard of Oz-style flourish, the only fully colored spread is that showing the family on Christmas morning by their tree. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2 Up-A sophisticated yet amusingly simple take on the holiday, told as an extended cartoon strip. The black-line drawings set against a beige background perfectly match the text, which consists exclusively of dog sounds (sometimes nearly filling a double-page spread). It's Christmas Eve and the family dog won't stop barking despite bribery and scolding on the part of mom, dad, or the two kids. When the humans go to bed (wuff, bark, yap), Santa arrives in a chauffeur-driven, motorized sleigh and goes about his work while the dog frantically yelps and growls around his feet. Finally dad wakes and looks right through Santa, much to the frustration of the canine. As the jolly old man goes up the chimney, the terrier nips at his trousers. Morning comes and the family puzzles over where the gifts and a patch of red fabric came from. Affixed to the back cover is a scrap of red felt-clearly the very one nipped from Santa's trousers. Additional color is added to emphasize the main subject or action in each page (e.g., red for Santa's suit, white on the dog's body). One spread explodes into full color at a pivotal point of opportunity for the parents to acknowledge the existence of Santa. The drawings and text successfully capture the simplicity and innocence of a child's belief and acceptance, as well as the skepticism or oblivion of adults, while incorporating a delightfully clever and magical ending. Definitely a book to return to several times.-M. W. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.