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On the longest night of the year, a family of wolves takes a run through the woods to see the unusual sight of a human family’s Christmas celebration.
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DANIEL and JILL PINKWATER have collaborated on books that address a number of engaging topics, among them chickens (The Hoboken Chicken Emergency), werewolves (The Werewolf Club series), dogs (Superpuppy: How to Choose, Raise, and Train the Best Possible Dog for You), and, of course, polar bears (Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears and the Larry books). Independent studies have shown that kids who read Pinkwater books grow up smarter than other kids. Adults who wish for the same result have been turning into Mr. Pinkwater’s regular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and have read many commentaries in his collection, Hoboken Fish & Chicago Whistle. Better yet, who would want to miss the books he reads with Scott Simon on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday?
JILL PINKWATER herself is the author of a number of works of fiction for young people, including Buffalo Brenda and Tails of the Bronx: A Tale of the Bronx.
The Pinkwaters live in New York State’s Hudson Valley, along with a variety of dogs and cats.
Kindergarten-Grade 2?After waking up from a winter's nap, a family of wolves anticipate a visit from Uncle Louis, a funny relative who likes to share interesting adventures with the young pups. Stinkface, the young narrator, relates how on this particular night, Louis shows them something special. With him, they bound through the woods, stopping on a hillside above a small village. There, they observe colored lights, smell various scents, and hear singing, obvious evidence of a Christmas celebration. At the conclusion, while listening to the human voices, the wolves begin to sing (howl), too. Stinkface concludes, "We didn't see the humans, but we could hear them. They were singing. We listened. It was nice. I thought, Even if they were dangerous, they are animals, just like we are." The childlike felt-marker illustrations convey the playfulness and camaraderie of the wolves in their snowy nighttime habitat, but the text is unconvincing. The sudden anthropomorphizing of Stinkface's perspective, the sly but too tenuous connection with Christmas, and the vapid conclusion do not ring true. Most children will be left out in the cold.?MMH
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Book Description Scholastic, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0439135737