Ages 4-8. This book accompanies the PBS prime-time holiday special by the same name; hopefully, the action will make more sense on screen than it does on the page. There are several stories going on here. Arthur is hoping for a perfect Christmas, but everything is working against it: there's no snow; Dad is making a Middle Eastern meal instead of roasting a turkey; and Arthur picks out the perfect present for his mom and then breaks it. Then there are the subplots, which continue every few pages or so and make the narrative difficult to follow. In one rather bizarre subplot, Buster's mother keeps waking him up and giving him presents because she thinks his Christmas will be ruined without his dad, from whom she's divorced. In another, Muffy is rude when Francine chooses to stay home at Hanukkah rather than come to a Christmas party. All in all, this is a jumble, but some libraries will want to have the book on hand when the special airs. For die-hard fans. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and creative producer of the number-one children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also illustrated many other books for children, including Ten Tiny Toes and If All the Animals Came Inside. Marc lives with his family in Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard.