Merry Christmas, Splat
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2009
From the dust jacket, “It is the night before Christmas and Splat wonders if he’s been a good enough cat this year to deserve a really big present. Just to make sure, he offers some last-minute help to his mom and, in typical Splat fashion, he messes up completely! That night Splat stays awake hoping to see Santa Claus. But when Splat misses him, he’s sure his Christmas is ruined—along with his hopes for a really big Christmas present….”
I fell in love with Splat when I read (and reviewed) his Halloween book, Scaredy-Cat Splat. His body is so fat and square and his legs so skinny and his face is squeezably adorable. In this outing Splat is desperate to make sure he has enough good deeds under his belt so Santa will bring him a present. I also met Splat’s little sister who, like all little sisters, is obnoxious and sweet at the same time. My favorite part of the book was where Splat decorated the Christmas tree – so funny!! And, of course, Santa being the benevolent being he is, brings Splat a present anyway!
Rating 4 out of 5 paws – a wonderfully written and illustrated book filled with lighthearted holiday fun!
Stowaway in a Sleigh
C. Roger Mader
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
From the dust jacket, “The cat’s out of the bag and adventure awaits! When Slipper finds Mr. Furry Boots in her house, she does what any cat would do and investigates. But curiosity gets the best of her when she finds herself on a trip she hadn’t planned on taking…
“Join Slippers as she discovers that the best journey is the one home – especially for the holidays.”
This book is beautifully illustrated and sparingly narrated. The pictures really don’t need words – the author could have gone completely wordless and the story wouldn’t have been any less enjoyable. A lovely, calming story to read to kittens, especially on Christmas Eve, in anticipation of Mr. Furry Boots’ arrival with toys, even for cats!
If you love beautiful books, put this one on your Christmas wish list – we did!
Rating 5 out of 5 paws for a heartwarming story with illustrations both gorgeous and dreamy.
Clear Moon, Snow Moon
Illustrated by Guy Pofirio
Rising Moon, 2001
From the dust jacket: “’I won’t sleep a wink. I’ll listen for the shake of bells on a sleigh. Bells that say he’s come.’ Acclaimed author, Tony Johnson, captures the spirit and mystery of a visit from Santa on a peaceful winter night. Readers will rediscover the magic of the holiday season as a child anticipates the arrival of “that old man in red.” With warm and endearing illustrations, Clean Moon, Snow Soon entices children to keep turning the pages in hopes of catching a glimpse of Santa.”
Kittens everywhere excitedly anticipate Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve. If you are looking for a bed- or nap-time book to help settle them, this is a good one. The illustrations are beautiful; rich in color and detail. The little boy lying in bed listening for Santa’s sleigh is very nice and you can see his Santa wishes in his eyes. The print is large and white on dark backgrounds so early readers probably won’t have any trouble reading this on their own.
Reviewer: Simon the ReinCat
By Elise Primavera
Silver Whistle, Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1999
A Christmas tale about learning the classic lesson of ‘it is better to give than to receive’.
- Chris, Sophie’s baby brother
- and Mrs. Kringle, Sophie’s parents
Sophie’s and Chris’s parents spoil them rotten with presents and their aunt tells them so. Each afternoon Sophie has tea with Aunt Claus who teaches her lessons about life. But right after Halloween until Valentine’s Day her aunt disappears and doesn’t tell anyone where she’s going. This year Sophie is determined to find out and she stows away among all her aunt’s luggage. Sophie finds herself at the North Pole and there learns the First and Final Rule.
The illustrations are soft , luxurious and full of color. There are hints of Sophie’s parentage everywhere – like her mother’s hair style is in the shape of a Christmas tree.
I first read this book when I was living with my mom’s sister. She gave it to my mom because she is my cousin’s aunt. She read to them every Christmas Eve for years until they felt they were too old for it (dumb teenagers!) now we read it together every year!
Rating: 5 paws because my mom is the real Auntie Claus!
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Auntie Claus windows for Saks Fifth Avenue, 1999
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