How Many Sleeps 'til Christmas?

How Many Sleeps 'til Christmas? illus. by Sébastien Braun. 32p. Tiger Tales. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781589251601.
PreS-Gr 2—Daddy Grizzle and Little Pip were last seen in How Many Sleeps 'til My Birthday?? (Tiger Tales, 2013). Here, Little Pip wakes each morning excited, only to be told that there are still a few days before Christmas. Daddy Grizzle finds different ways of distracting Little Pip; finding their Christmas tree, writing and delivering their holiday cards, wrapping presents. A spread with dark blue text on black background with just the white of someone's eyes visible perfectly illustrates Little Pip's surprise and joy when the big day finally arrives. The mixed-media illustrations are warm and welcoming and the satisfying ending makes this a fine addition to any holiday collection.—Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library, CA
"WAKE UP! I think it's Christmas Day!" a bear cub tells his dad each of several mornings before Christmas. This non-preachy lesson in delayed gratification has father and son filling time by choosing their Christmas tree one day, making Christmas cards the next, and so on. Like the text, the illustrations are aggressively targeting "cute" and "cozy"--and hit their mark.

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