The 12 Days of Christmas

illus. by Greg Pizzoli. 56p. Disney-Hyperion. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781484750315.
PreS-Gr 2—The traditional lyrics of the popular yuletide song are brought to life by Pizzoli's signature art of adorable animal characters engaging in progressively zany antics. A little elephant wearing a Santa hat brings a multitude of presents that require a great deal of care, much to the dismay of the little elephant recipient's parent. By the 12th day, the cacophony of various types of fowl, milkmaid mice, dancing cats, leaping frogs, musical rabbits, and drum-banging pigs has the elder elephant glaring with scorn and finally giving way to tears. The crowd falls silent, and the young elephants offer comfort. A pear and a hug are enough to bring a hesitant smile to the adult's face. All is well, and the closing page shows the partridge in the pear tree in front of a lit fireplace with 76 stockings waiting to be filled.
VERDICT Loads of fun for a small group sing-along or simply perusing for details.

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