PreS-Gr 1-In this fourth title about the habitual worrywart, the child is full of incessant questions about Christmas and Santa. What if one of the reindeer gets his antlers stuck in the trees? What if Santa's boots fall off? What if he gets chapped lips from all that flying? As in previous titles, the boy's mother reassures him with creative, exaggerated, and humorous solutions. In a satisfying ending, Santa is left a plate of cookies and a few emergency supplies that he might need. Moore's delightful watercolor cartoons are an integral part of the story's success. The pictures may be too small to carry for storytime, but work well for one-on-one sharing.-M. W. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
One of the all-time champion worriers returns in Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt, illus. by Cyd Moore. Here Stinky Face challenges his unflappable mother to come up with contingency plans for various possible emergencies: "What if Santa landed on our roof, and one of his reindeer got his antlers stuck in the tree that hangs over my bedroom window?"