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When, when, when will it be Christmas?
MacLennan, Cathy, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
[Deal, Kent, England] : Boxer Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
approximately 32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 33 cm
Animals and children are preparing for Christmas in this rhythmic tale.
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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday

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Look--what do you see? Red, red berries, and a green, green tree. Ballerina mice frosting a snowy white cake, and pretty wrapping, bows, and tape. All the signs are in the air--it's almost that time of year. But when, when, when will Christmas be here? Come celebrate with this festive picture book from Cathy MacLennan. It's all dressed up in bright Christmas colors and filled with rhythm and rhyme to create the happiest holiday experience.

Author Notes

Born in Zimbabwe, Cathy MacLennan is inspired by African art and culture. Textures, bold colors, movements, and unusual surfaces are hallmarks of her work. Her books--which include Chicky Chicky Chook Chook ; Bunny, Bunny Catkin ; and Spooky Spooky Spooky! (all Boxer)---have been nominated for many awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. Cathy lives in Reading, England, with her husband and two sons.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A frenetic, scattered energy drives MacLennan's poem, which begins by celebrating holiday reds, whites, and greens before moving on to drum up excitement for decorating, present-wrapping, and a Christmas pageant: "Christmas stories and Christmas songs!/ Costumes! Scenes! And lights!/ A roll of the drum,/ And onto the stage... they come!/ What a spectacular Christmas show!" MacLennan's characters include white mice in pink tutus, kittens, reindeer with holiday lights swirling around their antlers, and a multicultural crew of children. Her smudgy figures prance across solid backdrops, the bright palette dialing up the energy and sense of anticipation even more. It's a lot of buildup, but the festivities of the final pages ("We've waited and waited and waited./ And... It's the best Christmas ever!") don't disappoint. Ages 2-5. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.