The Perfect Christmas
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
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Family one: exquisite pastries, a beautifully trimmed tree, and festive cello music. Family two: an artificial tree, rock hard candy, and custom kazoo carols. Full of silly humor, this cheerful picture book proves that no matter how you celebrate Christmas, it’s the spirit of the holiday that counts the most.
Eileen Spinelli is the author of many books for young readers, including The Perfect Thanksgiving and In My New Yellow Shirt, which was a Bank Street College of Education Best Book. She lives in Pennsylvania with author Jerry Spinelli. Sometimes Eileen hides the Christmas cookies from Jerry so well she doesn't find them until Valentine's Day. JoAnn Adinolfi has illustrated twenty-five books for young readers, including Halloween Hoots and Howls, The Perfect Thanksgiving, and Hippopotamus Stew. Born and raised on Staten Island in New York City, she now lives in New Hampshire with her family.
"...tasteful and tacky go head-to-head in “The Perfect Christmas,” a lighthearted study in contrasting holiday styles."--NYTimes.com “…the jolly collage art ties it all together, depicting each family’s traditions with finesse.” --Horn Book Magazine “This is a cheerful, funny, and respectful portrayal of two very different families and their holiday celebrations.” --School Library Journal