A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows all the elements of a typical Christmas-tree-decorating scene.
Sometimes well-intentioned plans get messed up. But you can always clean up the mess and have a good time with your friends and loved ones. It's fun to celebrate with those you love.
Positive Role Models
Duck is determined to deliver the special thing he's brought for Farmer Brown. The farmer is kind to put out stockings for the animals who live on the farm, even though they drive him nuts sometimes. Santa saves the day.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin is a holiday installment in the popular picture book series that began with Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. The animals are always up to something, confusing poor Farmer Brown. This time he thinks he hears Santa coming on Christmas Eve, but it's really Duck, who ends up stuck in the farmer's chimney -- and then all the other animals get stuck there, too. It takes the real Santa to fix things, and then Farmer Brown and the animals have a lovely time together decorating the tree and sipping hot chocolate. Lots of laughs and cozy fun.
Is It Any Good?
It's always fun to see the crazy antics of Farmer Brown's animals, and their good-hearted nature shines in this fun holiday tale. CLICK, CLACK, HO! HO! HO! is a charming addition to the series, with a wonderful wintry palette of blue-and-white snowy landscapes and cherry-red, green, and yellow watercolors for the interior scenes. Illustrator Betsy Lewin's strong black outlines make all the cartoon-like images pop.
There are also plenty of small details to pore over amid the simple story: labeled stockings hung for Mice, Pigs, Sheep, and Cows; a pig and cat opening the ornament box; a goat and cow stringing the lights on the Christmas tree; and mice stirring a cup of hot chocolate. It's a happy holiday hit!
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