Cover image for On Christmas Eve
Title:
On Christmas Eve
Author:
Rosenberg, Liz.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Summary:
Unable to reach Aunt Cleo's house on Christmas Eve because of a wild snowstorm, a young boy worries that Santa Claus won't be able to find his family at the motel where they are stranded.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 65089.
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ISBN:
9780761327073

9780761316275
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Can Santa find you even if you are stuck in a motel room on Christmas Eve? A room without a chimney or a mailbox with your name on it? A winsome story, marvelously detailed illustrations and just a touch of magic make this handsome book ideal for sharing at holiday time.


Author Notes

Liz Rosenberg, distinguished author, poet, and professor of children's literature, lives in Binghamton, New York. She is also the author of We Wanted You. John Clapp has illustrated many picture books, including T he Prince of Butterflies by Bruce Coville. He lives with his wife, Mary , near San Francisco, California.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-K. With a moving blend of realism and mystery, this picture book captures the Christmas holiday spirit. Driving through a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, a small boy and his family are forced to stop for the night in a shabby motel. The boy worries that Santa won't find them there. But Santa does come in the night with his reindeer, and the boy helps deliver the family gifts. Then the sled takes off into the starry sky. The spare words, with just the right details, and the powerful pictures, filled with shifting light, set the close-up portraits of the contemporary family--the boy, his parents, his older brother, and his baby sister--against the wild, stormy night. One of the letters in the motel's neon sign has gone out, but the pictures show a neon star flashing above the letters. The magic is focused on Santa, but there's also just a hint of that other Christmas mystery about a family that sought shelter at the inn. --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

Even through icy wind and blinding snow, Santa's special kid-tracking system is in perfect working order as proven in this reassuring picture book. A family traveling on Christmas Eve must take refuge at a motel during a fierce winter storm, and their younger son worries that Santa Claus will never find them. What happens during the night is every child's Christmas fantasy: the boy meets Santa face-to-face. Rosenberg's (Monster Mama) verse builds up a gentle suspense and Clapp's (Shining) realistic watercolors neatly balance the fantastic and lifelike elements of the story. His contrast of a crisply rendered contemporary family with a velvety, flurry-filled night sky and solid Santa makes the events seem all the more possible. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-When a snowstorm forces his family to stop at a motel late on Christmas Eve, a boy worries that Santa won't be able to find them. This is a classic childhood concern, of course. Here the author and illustrator combine a straightforward realism with a touch of magic and wonder to create a simple, satisfying picture book. The photo-realist quality of the paintings helps to enhance the sense of enchantment as Santa and his young friend tiptoe "past the registration desk and the humming ice machines" to deliver gifts. This is the perfect selection for children who are old enough to know that some people don't believe in Santa but young enough to cling stubbornly to their own belief.-V. W. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.