on January 6, 2009
Year after year, this remains my grandchildrens' first pick for Christmas reading. Festus and his cat Mercury have me so charmed that I don't mind at all the request to read this story repeatedly during every Christmas season. What a good example is put before the readers of the true meaning of Christmas and the spirit of neighborly giving. This is accomplished with such clever development that there is not a trace of smug, self-satisfying oratory to the lesson of love. It's easy to see that simple generosity and kindly spirit are the real ingredients to make a successful holiday.
on September 17, 2010
This book is fun on so many levels. The art work is wonderful with such a sense of action and whimsy. The story is one of warmth and community where neighbors come together to help a friend in need. Christmas is simple in this story, based on relationship, the way we all wish it could be.