WHERE DID THEY HIDE MY PRESENTS?

SILLY DILLY CHRISTMAS SONGS

Katz and Catrow continue their successful Silly Dilly Songs series with this collection of 15 parodies of familiar Christmas songs. The rewritten songs range from slightly silly to somewhat gross, but most provide the sort of irreverent humor beloved by children in elementary school. Highlights include “Snowball Fight” to the tune of “Jingle Bells,” “At the Malls” to the tune of “Deck the Halls” and “Where Did They Hide My Presents?” to the tune of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The entry that seems destined to become a new schoolyard hit is “Something in My Brother’s Underpants,” (don’t ask) to the tune of “Winter Wonderland.” Catrow’s loose watercolor-and-ink illustrations add more humor to each song with splatting snowballs, quirky animals and big-eared kids with funny faces. Brave music teachers might want to try some of these new versions to liven up the annual holiday concert, and some parents might even introduce this as a unique diversion on the long drive over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2005

ISBN: 0-689-86214-8

Page Count: 32

Publisher: McElderry

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2005

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ALL THE COLORS OF THE EARTH

This heavily earnest celebration of multi-ethnicity combines full-bleed paintings of smiling children, viewed through a golden haze dancing, playing, planting seedlings, and the like, with a hyperbolic, disconnected text—``Dark as leopard spots, light as sand,/Children buzz with laughter that kisses our land...''— printed in wavy lines. Literal-minded readers may have trouble with the author's premise, that ``Children come in all the colors of the earth and sky and sea'' (green? blue?), and most of the children here, though of diverse and mixed racial ancestry, wear shorts and T-shirts and seem to be about the same age. Hamanaka has chosen a worthy theme, but she develops it without the humor or imagination that animates her Screen of Frogs (1993). (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1994

ISBN: 0-688-11131-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1994

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A PLUMP AND PERKY TURKEY

The leaves have changed, Thanksgiving nears—and the canny turkeys of Squawk Valley have decamped, leaving local residents to face the prospect of a birdless holiday. What to do? They decide to lure a bird back by appealing to its vanity, placing a want ad for a model to help sculptors creating turkey art, then “inviting” the bird to dinner. The ploy works, too, for out of the woods struts plump and perky Pete to take on the job. Shelly debuts with brightly hued cartoon scenes featuring pop-eyed country folk and deceptively silly-looking gobblers. Pete may be vain, but he hasn’t lost the wiliness of his wild ancestors; when the townsfolk come for him, he hides amidst a flock of sculpted gobblers—“There were turkeys made of spuds, / there were turkeys made of rope. / There were turkeys made of paper, / there were turkeys made of soap. / The room was full of turkeys / in a wall to wall collage. / For a clever bird like Pete / it was perfect camouflage.” He makes his escape, and is last seen lounging on a turkey-filled tropical beach as the disappointed Squawk Valleyites gather round the table for a main course of . . . shredded wheat. Good for a few giggles. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2001

ISBN: 1-890817-91-0

Page Count: 40

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2001

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