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Lyle at Christmas (Lyle the Crocodile) Paperback – September 29, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Lyle the Crocodile
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618380027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618380022
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 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
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

"This is Mr. Waber. Mr. Waber is the man who writes those stories about Lyle the Crocodile" is sometimes the way I am introduced to a child. We greet each other, the child and I, and I begin to imagine disappointment in the wide-eyed gaze. Perhaps there was an expectation the "real" Lyle would leap out from behind this not-unusual-looking author. It is tempting but I resist becoming Lyle and behaving in some ingratiating fashion to desperately compensate for the absent crocodile hero. I offer, instead, to show off some of my Lyle memorabilia, a collection acquired mostly through the generosity of good-humored friends and readers.

My own early efforts at drawing were mostly confined to the laborious copying of photographs of film stars and other celebrities. I received respectable grade in art classes during my school years but doubt I thought it seriously indicated a career direction. Perhaps art seemed too frivolous for one raised during the Depression. Besides, I grew up a rather earnest young man and chose instead to major in finance at the University of Pennsylvania. After just one year of schooling, World War II interrupted those rather high-minded plans. Perhaps it was moving about, meeting people of various backgrounds and experience -- I don't recall a precise moment--but somehow during those army days my interest shifted to drawing and painting.

Returning to civilian life, I discarded high finance for enrollment at the Philadelphia College of Art. It was a decision I never regretted. During the four years I attended school I found great joy in painting and drawing. Soon after graduating, and newly married,

Ethel and I moved to New York, a city we loved at once and still do. I celebrated that feeling with the eventual publication of The House on East 88th Street (1962). My first

New York employment was in the promotion department of Condé Nast Publications, and although I continued in the magazine field for many years, writing and illustrating children's books was my primary interest since 1961.

My involvement with children's books originated with some illustrations of children I carried in my art portfolio. Several art directors suggested that my drawings seemed suited for children's books. At the same time, I was also having read-aloud sessions with my own three children. I am afraid enthusiasm for "their" books began, in fact, to cause them occasional discomfort. "Daddy, why don't you look at the grownups' books" they chided. Before too long I was mailing out stories and ideas to publishers. Rejections followed but after a time a cheery encouragement arrived from Houghton Mifflin Company, and to my delight, a contract was offered for Lorenzo.

In one way or another, I seem to find myself thinking of children's books most of the time. I even enjoy the period in between books for it is then (I hope) that I am susceptible to all manner of adventurous thought. I've never been good at thinking at the typewriter. I seem to write best when in motion. Trains, subways, even elevators seem to shake ideas loose in my head. Although I write and illustrate, I believe if I had to choose between the two, I would choose writing. There's a freedom about writing that appeals to me. You can do it almost anywhere--and I have.

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By fran on January 7, 2013
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Story and illustrations are great, as always!
I have lots of work to do so don't have time to write more.
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