Item description for Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett...
Overview Having to put up with a group of thieving trolls that steal his family's Christmas feast every year, a young boy gets some needed assistance from his new pet, a super-sized ice bear, who quickly runs off the greedy bandits once and for all.
Publishers Description Every year, trolls knock down Kyri's door and gobble up her Christmas feast. But this year, the trolls are in for a surprise: a boy and his pet ice bear on their way to Oslo have come in from the cold. And once the ice bear is finished with the trolls, you can bet they won't come knocking next Christmas Eve Once again, Jan Brett creates an original Christmas story full of warmth and magic. Featuring beautiful borders, intricate illustrations, and a stunning display of the Northern Lights, "Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?" will rightfully take its place among Jan's Christmas favorites with the whole family.
Citations And Professional Reviews Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 155
Booklist - 09/01/2002 page 138
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks - 10/01/2002 page 49
Kirkus Review - Children - 11/01/2002 page 1615
Bookpage - 12/01/2002 page 26
School Library Journal - 10/01/2002 page 56
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 26
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2003 page 9
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 26
Publishers Weekly - 09/23/2002
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 112
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Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 10.5" Height: 11.25" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
ISBN 0399238735 ISBN13 9780399238734 UPC 048228016991
Availability 0 units.
More About Jan Brett
With over thirty seven million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."
As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."
Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."
Jan Brett currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. Jan Brett was born in 1949.
Reviews - What do customers think about Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve??
Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve Feb 13, 2008
This is a great entertaining book. With each new page, and what that page revealed, my 5 year old's eyes got bigger and bigger! Fantastic imagination that grips the reader, and keeps her interested. I especially like the illustration of geography of my home country Norway. I loved explaining this on a real map for my daughter, and she was amazed by it all.
My daughter's favorite book Jan 24, 2007
My daughter (3 yrs old) never gets tired of reading this book, and there is so much detail that there is always something new to discover so neither do I! The extremely dramatic story is exactly what resonates with children - A scared little girl left alone in the house afraid of trolls and who might knock, a brave Daddy that goes out on skis in the cold woods looking everywhere to find the trolls and scare them away, trolls who are knocking, trying to get in and finally burst in, a polar bear that gets poked in the nose, woken up, and roars around chasing them out, and trolls that are bad because they don't share and want to eat everything so poor Kyrie and Daddy don't have anything to eat for Xmas. Just scary enough with dramatic happy ending, my daughter acts it all out, and we both pick out new pictures all the time (Kyrie sillouette cooking in kitchen, animals in the northern lights, etc.) An absolute keeper, must buy you'll never tire of story or pictures.
Yes, this is a real Norwegian folktale Jan 17, 2007
I love this book, and so do all the children I know who have had it read to them. The point of the story is that trolls are incredibly stupid. Anybody looking for a deeper meaning will be disappointed. Some of the reviewers asked if it's a retelling of a real Norwegian folktale. Indeed it is. The original title is "The Cat on the Dovrefell" in Asbjornsen and Moe's "Norwegian Folktales" (1841).
Winter Bloom May 24, 2004
What a marvel of a book! Jan Brett has an incredibly detailed and colorful style a la Michael Hague. In this book, each illustration is presented as a triptych: the middle panel represents the text, and the side panels present what is happening meanwhile with the other characters. Very neat trick.
I like that there is not TOO much text on each page, and there is a lovely repetitive cadence to the storytelling.
Although this is a good book to use in initiating learning about Scandinavia, it evokes the Arctic in general. As someone who lived in Alaska for many years and had the good fortune to see the Northern Lights and breathe the crisp frigid air until my nose hairs froze, I endorse Brett's artistic expression of the Far North completely.
This is a good family read for mixed-age children if the older ones liked "The Golden Compass" or "Julie of the Wolves". Children who like this book may also enjoy the gigantic "Gnomes" books full of Scandinavian lore.
Superbly illustrated Feb 16, 2004
Another very good book by Jan Brett. The illustrations are captivating. Trolls are again part of the storyline and the two main characters triumph over them in the end. Children enjoy the plot and how the trolls are cleverly outwitted.