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Title:
Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve
Author:
Brett, Jan, 1949-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
A boy from Finnmark and his ice bear help scare away some hungry trolls so that Kyri and her father can enjoy their Christmas Eve meal.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
750 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 63633.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.3 2 Quiz: 34174 Guided reading level: L.
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ISBN:
9780399238734
Format :
Book

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Summary

Knockety knock, knockety knock. Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve? Is it the trolls who come every year and gobble up Kyri's Christmas feast? Kyrie is worried, but when she peeks out and sees the boy from Finnmark and his ice bear, she opens the door and welcomes them in. Knockety knock, knockety knock! This time it is the trolls pounding on the door. But they can't get in. Knockety knock, knockety knock! The trolls pound even harder. Suddenly there is a loud crack and the hungry little trolls burst into the hut. Will Kyri, the boy, and his ice bear be able to save the Christmas feast? Once again, Jan Brett captures the spirit of Christmas in story and illustrations full of mischief and humor, set in a gorgeous land in the far north. Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? Is sure to become a Yuletide family favorite.


Author Notes

Bestselling children's book author and illustrator Jan Brett was born on December 1, 1949. She decided to be an illustrator when she was a child and is known for her detailed and carefully-researched work.

Brett grew up in New England and attended the Boston Museum School. Her books have received much acclaim by publications including Newsweek, The New Yorker, Parents magazine, Redbook, and Publishers Weekly. In 2005 Brett earned the Boston Public Library's Lifetime Achievement Award. Her book Three Little Dassies was published in 2010 and made the New York Times bestseller list. Other of her works that have made the New York Times best seller list are: Home for Christmas 2011, Mossy 2012, Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella., 2014 The Animal's Santa.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Brett transports readers high above the Arctic Circle in this vivid, well-paced retelling of an old Norwegian folktale, a companion to her previous picture books Christmas Trolls (2000) and The Trouble with Trolls (1999). One Christmas Eve, a cold, hungry, Oslo-bound boy from Finnmark makes his way through the snow with his ice bear. Inside a distant hut, young Kyri prepares a delicious, aromatic holiday feast of sausage, fish, and tasty buns as she waits for her father to return home. Farther away (shown in one of Brett's trademark visually intricate insets), a ravenous troll sniffs the air to locate--and ultimately devour!--Kyri's repast, just as he and his friends have every year. Children will be riveted by this suspenseful, happy-ending story of wanderers who "Knockety knock, knockety knock" at Kyri's door and the greedy, long-snouted trolls who "munched and grunted, shrieked and cackled, splashed the cider, and crammed themselves with Christmas cakes." Gorgeous endpapers depicting night-sky constellations studded with trolls, bears, and other mythical symbols complement the exquisitely detailed winter-wonderland artistry within. --Karin Snelson


Publisher's Weekly Review

Knock knock. Who's there? More trolls to add to Brett's (Christmas Trolls; Trouble with Trolls) canon. Apparently, the trouble with trolls is that they're always making trouble. Luckily, they never get any smarter. In this Arctic story, a shy Finnmark girl fends off lurking trolls with help from a traveling boy and his pet polar bear. An icy landscape shimmers under the northern lights while bright Scandinavian frocks and household items give the scenery a kicky dash of color. Brett simultaneously reveals another angle of her tale via intricately designed side panels that frame the main event. The lifelike polar bear, both hulking and docile, is a scene-stealer. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-In this story based on a traditional Norwegian folktale, a boy traveling from Finnmark to Oslo with his pet polar bear stops by Kyri's hut on Christmas Eve. The guests help to frighten away the trolls who come to wreak havoc and steal all of the holiday treats. The pleasure here lies mostly in the lush, richly textured illustrations, with Brett's distinctive borders that incorporate Norwegian folk motifs and trolls romping through skies lit by the Northern lights. Scenery aside, the children are rather one-dimensional, but the bear is handsome and heroic and the trolls satisfyingly ugly and naughty.-V. W. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.