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"...tasteful and tacky go head-to-head in “The Perfect Christmas,” a lighthearted study in contrasting holiday styles."--NYTimes.com
“…the jolly collage art ties it all together, depicting each family’s traditions with finesse.” --Horn Book Magazine
“This is a cheerful, funny, and respectful portrayal of two very different families and their holiday celebrations.” --School Library Journal
About the Author
Eileen Spinelli is the author of many books for young readers, including The Perfect Thanksgiving and In My New Yellow Shirt, which was a Bank Street College of Education Best Book. She lives in Pennsylvania with author Jerry Spinelli. Sometimes Eileen hides the Christmas cookies from Jerry so well she doesn't find them until Valentine's Day. [www.eileenspinelli.com]
JoAnn Adinolfi has illustrated twenty-five books for young readers, including Halloween Hoots and Howls, The Perfect Thanksgiving, and Hippopotamus Stew. Born and raised on Staten Island in New York City, she now lives in New Hampshire with her family. [www.joannadinolfi.com]
Eileen Spinelli is no stranger to the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers list. Since her debut in 1991 with Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, an IRA/CBC Children's Choice book and Christopher Award winner, she has gone on to author numerous picture books, poetry collections, and chapter books, including the best-selling When Mama Comes Home Tonight, and the critically acclaimed Sophie's Masterpiece. Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
This book is pretty straightforward. It compares the different ways that two families celebrate Christmas. I enjoyed looking at the differences between the two families. The way the two families come together at the end is a pleasant reminder that we can find things in common with each other if we make the effort. There is some humor mixed in (one of the grandmother's cookies breaking someone's toe).
The story is written in rhyme that flows fairly well which makes the book good as a read-a-loud. The illustrations are colorful and pleasing. I liked the way the collage aspects of the illustrations gave them texture (I like texture). Overall, a very friendly, pleasing read.
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