The Perfect Thanksgiving (Hardcover)

By Eileen Spinelli, JoAnn Adinolfi (Illustrator)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805065312, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2007



""""Our smoke alarm is wailing."
"Our turkey, burnt as toast."
"Dad spills the gravy down his shirt-"
"a less-than-perfect host.""
Enter two families who couldn't be more opposite. Family one seems just perfect-with a plump golden turkey, gorgeous whipped cream swirls atop their pie, and lace napkins on the table. Family two, on the other hand, seems far from it The turkey burns, the Jell-O wiggles and jiggles right to the floor, and Dad's shirt serves as napkin. What could these two very different families possibly have in common?
Full of whimsy, good spirit, and certainly familial love, this laugh-aloud picture book is sure to add spice to any Thanksgiving feast.

About the Author

Eileen Spinelli has published many books for children, including "Here Comes the Year," which was praised as being "lyrical and contemplative" in a "Publishers Weekly" starred review. She lives with her husband, author Jerry Spinelli, in Willistown, Pennsylvania.

JoAnn Adinolfi is the illustrator of several books for young readers, including "Halloween Hoots and Howls," which Booklist hailed for its "sprightly pictures that extend and illustrate the poems to perfection." Ms. Adinolfi lives with her family in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Praise For The Perfect Thanksgiving

"Chock full of colorful details. Author Eileen Spinelli paints a comical picture of a little girl's chaotic family." --Associated Press

"This could be a great read-aloud book, with its humor and its bumptious illustrations, which use to great effect many of the techniques children learn in art class." --New York Times Book Review

"[G]ood-humored book." --Washington Post

"Humorous illustrations. . . It's nice to see a book willing to tackle the cultural whammy of the 'perfect' holiday." --San Francisco Chronicle

"[R]ollicks with lighthearted verse." --The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"[A] great read." --Boston Herald

"The jovial celebration of a national feast day highlights the common thread of loving kinship present in both households." --Kirkus Reviews

"Colorfully clothed characters, vibrant backgrounds, and almost touchable textures make each page fresh and appealing." --School Library Journal

"Wry and witty" --The Times (Trenton, NJ)