From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3–Little Noelle is blasé on Christmas morning when she gets numerous presents including a computer and a pony. Her father grumbles at the abundant feast (Turkey with chestnut dressing and mashed potatoes and carrots and peas and five kinds of pie again
?). As it turns out, their dissatisfaction is justified, for Noelle and her family live in a town where it is Christmas 364 days a year. They are grateful for the one day when the decorations get packed away, folks can relax and eat TV dinners, mail gets delivered, and children get to go to school–Un-Christmas! Catrow's colorful, zany illustrations perfectly capture the tone for this tongue-in-cheek cautionary tale. Be careful what you wish for, indeed!–Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library
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About the Author
Mike Reiss is a former head writer for The Simpsons, a show for which he has won four Emmy awards. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he served as president of The Harvard Lampoon, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. His other books for children include How Murray Saved Christmas, Santa Claustrophobia, and The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln, all illustrated by David Catrow.
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