Synopses & Reviews
One of Horn Books Best Picture Books of 2011When Pa brings a turkey poult home to fatten for Christmas dinner, he assures Ma that it will be no trouble since it can live in a box by the stove and eat table scraps--and just think of the money we'll save! But it's not quite so simple to raise a turkey in a tiny flat in a nineteenth-century New York City tenement. Can Pa and the children manage the willful and growing Alfred and keep the neighbors happy until Christmas? Pa finds a solution for every difficulty--until he encounters one that threatens to ruin Christmas completely. How the family joins together to solve this last difficulty makes for a very funny and satisfying holiday story.
"In this charmingly loopy tale set in a cramped 19th-century tenement, Ma sends Pa to the market to buy eggs and flour ('Christmas is not far off, and we must save every penny'). He returns, however, with a scrawny turkey, vowing to fatten it up for Christmas, proclaiming, 'Think of the money we'll save!' The bird eats everything in sight, wreaks havoc in their apartment, and annoys the neighbors, but when it's time to bring him to the butcher, the children protest. Creating a strong sense of the historical setting, Cole's (Good Enough to Eat) wispy pictures play off the ample comedy in the prose, making for a holiday story as humorous as it is touching. Ages 4 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Brock Cole is the author/illustrator of many picture books and young adult novels. He lives in Buffalo, New York.