Oh my! That crazy time of year has arrived again. I swear it comes earlier and earlier every year. Already we have Christmas stamps in and posters up declaring post early for Christmas around the world. I am sure it was only yesterday that I was putting all the Christmas decorations away…lol. (Working in a Post Office/Bank it is only natural that I would have first notice of closing dates for posting your Christmas parcels in time to reach your loved ones, wherever they may be.)
Well that said, I couldn’t resist in giving you all a little reminder with this adorable picture book.
A Very Marley Christmas
Illustrated by: Richard Cowdrey
Published by: Harper Collins Publishers
Ages: 3 – 8 years
Theme: Well Christmas of course, festive season, mishap and mayhem.
Opening Lines: Christmas was fast approaching at the little house on Churchill Road. Cassie and Baby Louie wanted everything to be just right for Santa’s big visit, but something was missing: snow.
Synopsis: from the inside front flap- With all the excitement of Christmas approaching. It’s no surprise that Marley, the lovable pup with a nose for trouble, wants to get in on the action. Anticipating his very first snowfall and Santa’s arrival. Marley jumps in to help his family every way he can. But Marley, being Marley, always ends up on the wrong side of right. It’s not long before he tears down the twinkle lights, attacks a chain of paper snowflakes, and mistakes the Christmas tree for … well … his very own indoor bathroom. Will Marley’s good intentions ruin everything before Christmas begins? Or will he manage to share some Christmas magic with his family after all? This follow-up to the No:1 bestselling BAD DOG, MARLEY! Delivers a heartfelt holiday story with many hilarious Marley mishaps along the way.
Why I like this: Hey, just look at that cover, that adorable face with a mouth full of Christmas paper and tell me you wouldn’t want to read inside. Richard Cowdrey has illustrated many children’s books, and the hilarious, colourful illustrations in this book are pure delight. There is one I love where the children are looking longingly out the window with their father wondering when the snow will come so santa can land his sleigh, in the background you can see Marley is helping himself to Christmas gingerbread cookies sitting on the table. Funnily enough Richard who lives in Ohio is also the owner of a yellow Labrador named Murphy, whose behaviour very similar to Marley’s. John Grogan has done a superb job in bringing a light-hearted look at Christmas mayhem, when a young dog gets into mischief. Children will laugh their way through each page turn and cheer at the end.
I did come across John’s blog… http://johngroganbooks.com/wordpress/
Trailer of the movie Marley and Me …. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsDj_HRTDzg
This is a website of different breeds of dogs …. http://dogglehq.com/thetube/category/dogs-101?gclid=CPy24bme7rkCFed_Qgodf0gAjg
Learning about dog breeds… http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/mammals/dog/
Since it is coming to that Christmas season…. Maybe now is the time to think of making hand made Christmas decorations, or what about making a dog safe toy to give as a christmas gift to the animal shelters.
Download a Marley printable… http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/HarperChildrens/Kids/GamesAndContests/Printables.aspx?GPId=2094306
Help Marley sort his mess in this delightful activity… http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/harperchildrensimages/printable/marleyxmasdl_all3.pdf
Enjoy your weekend. I am still away overseas on holiday attending a family wedding. See you soon when I get back. In the mean time pop over and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.