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Kipper's Christmas Eve Hardcover – October 1, 2000
Kipper can't decide which he likes better, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. But on Christmas Eve, too excited to decide, he just whoops and charges into the woods to find a Christmas tree. After much effort, he pulls his chosen tree out of the ground and begins to drag it home, meeting his friend Pig and Pig's little cousin, Arnold, along the way. Kipper and Pig are too wrapped up in their discussion of what they want for Christmas to notice the little something extra Kipper is bringing home with his tree! But Arnold sees, and spends the rest of the day trying to point it out to an oblivious Kipper.
Mick Inkpen's Kipper, star of the Nick Jr. TV show and many Kipper books (Kipper's Bathtime, (Kipper's Snowy Day, and lots more), is as cute and lovable as ever in this Christmas book. Young readers will identify with his excitement as he decorates his tree, exchanges presents, and dreams about Santa Claus. And they'll chuckle with delight as they watch the mousy little guest Kipper brings home nibbling on Santa's cookies. A reindeer hat with a glowing red nose, Kipper's gift to Arnold, makes a fun surprise appearance in the inside back cover, as Arnold peers out his window with a real red light flashing on his head. (Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie Coulter
Ages 3-7. The latest in a long line of popular books about Kipper the puppy includes an electronic gimmick at the end. While looking for a Christmas tree, Kipper ponders which is better, Christmas or Christmas Eve. Giving presents or receiving presents? Back at the house, Kipper gives Arnold the piglet a battery-operated reindeer hat (with a flashing nose). Even though Kipper forgot the batteries, Arnold loves it. When Pig gives an imperfectly wrapped present to Kipper, Kipper reassures him the present is fine: "I like lumpy presents. It makes you wonder what's inside." After spending the day decorating the tree, exchanging gifts, and wishing Merry Christmas to his friends, Kipper decides that Christmas Eve is best. The final spread shows Arnold at his bedroom window wearing his reindeer hat--which actually flashes until the book is closed. Stephanie Zvirin
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