Minnie and Moo: The Night Before Christmas (I Can Read Book 3)

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9780066237534: Minnie and Moo: The Night Before Christmas (I Can Read Book 3)

When the farmer forgets where he hid the Christmas presents, only Minnie and Moo know where to find them. Fortunately, Moo has read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, so she knows exactly what they should do: Dress up like Santa Claus and enlist the help of eight sleigh-pulling chickens and a red-nosed rooster in a scheme to deliver the presents and save Christmas!

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Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 25 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Readers Medal.

The books about Minnie and Moo are his first for beginning readers. He was inspired to tell stories about the silly cow best-friends when he passed a herd of cows in which all but two were facing the same way. The other two stood next to each other, facing in the opposite direction from the rest of the cows. He immediately dubbed the two nonconformists Minnie and Moo and imagined the adventures two cows who were loyal friends rather than followers of the herd. Mr. Cazet is currently writing I Can Read Books featuring Elvis the Rooster from the farm on which Minnie and Moo live.

Mr. Cazet was an elementary school teacher for 25 years, and has also been a school librarian and elementary school media specialist. He remains active in his local elementary school parent and advisory committees. A California native, Mr. Cazet lives with his family in the foothills of the Napa Valley.

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K-Gr. 2. This I Can Read Book from the Minnie and Moo series begins on Christmas Eve. The two cows discover the farmer's stash of presents, hidden for his grandchildren, and decide to deliver them in the traditional manner. With Minnie dressed as Santa, Moo as Mrs. Claus, and the rooster and chickens disguised as reindeer, they take off for the farmhouse. The animals' good intentions are rewarded when the farmers' grandchildren proclaim the evening "the best Christmas ever!" Rewritten verses from Clement Moore's classic poem are interspersed with the sometimes silly but always pleasing story. Cazet's ink drawings, brightened with colorful washes, create strongly narrative and frequently comical scenes. The pictures of chickens with plastic forks tied to their heads as antlers are worth the price of the book all by themselves. Not your traditional Christmas read-aloud, but good holiday fun for beginning readers. Carolyn Phelan
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