Oh, my stars!
If I had to choose another neighborhood to live in, it would be Deckawoo Drive with its very individual characters and the animal neighbors as well. Leroy Ninker and Maybelline have a reserved parking space in my heart. (And we have just eaten spaghetti for lunch. Sweet nothings followed.)
Now there’s a Christmas tale destined to take more room in my heart. When Stella Endicott sets out to gather a group to go caroling, everyone is busy.
But she feels joyful. “I feel like something miraculous could happen.”
Mercy, the pig, and General Washington, the cat, and Maybelline, the horse, all think caroling with Stella is a good idea, even if they are “not very musical.”
Suddenly “Stelllllllllllllaaaaa!” is heard in the darkening night. Which made me laugh. (Am I imagining there’s an allusion?)
Something joyful and miraculous is about to happen. And the ending is very satisfying because there is toast.
Chris Van Dusen creates a warm and impossibly toasty (ahem) winter neighborhood as well as a sky full of majestic stars. Breathtaking! (the frosty kind)
There is so much to love about this book. It is joyful and something miraculous happens. It made my heart sing. It will bring even more joy if you can pull it off your bookshelf every holiday season.
Then go caroling. And warm up with toast aftewards.
A Very Mercy Christmas
written by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Candlewick Press, 2022
suggested for all ages
2 thoughts on “A Very Mercy Christmas”
I haven’t gotten this book yet, but am so excited after reading your review! We always love Kate DiCamillo’s work, and this sounds so perfect for the whole family!
I predict it will be a family favorite, Pat!