Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife and the two youngest of his four children. He has been illustrating books for over thirty years, and writing his own stories for the past five. Steve won the Sheffield Children's Book Award in 2009 with Smelly Peter - The Great Pea Eater. Alison Edgson was born in County Down in Northern Ireland. She studied Visual Communication at the University of Ulster in Belfast. After graduating with a First, she and her husband Jeff moved to an old chapel in the Usk Valley in Wales.
A bright-eyed puppy is baffled when his human owners decorate a tree and nail their stockings to the wall. Luckily, the family's pet cat is happy to fill him in: " 'Don't worry, little Pup,' said Cat,/ 'this Christmas thing is fun./ And later, Santa Claus will come/ with gifts for everyone!' " Nearly every surface in Edgson's paintings appears to be soft and cozy (the family's Christmas tree looks as pillowy as the animals' fur), and some of them actually are: red-and-white flocking on the cover and inside pages makes every Santa suit and hat soft to the touch. A sugar-sweet story of learning the Christmas ropes. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
PreS-Gr 2-Puppy doesn't understand why his human family members are doing unusual things like bringing a tree in the house, "going bonkers doing loads and loads of cooking," and nailing their socks to the wall. Cat explains all about Santa and they decide to wait up for him. No surprises here. They fall asleep and awake to presents for everyone. The super-cute oversize puppy and the occasional "soft-to-touch" fuzzy Santa hats make for an appealing package. However, the story is slight and the rhyming verse is occasionally awkward and difficult to read aloud.-Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.