Meerkat Christmas – Emily Gravett

   Meerkat Christmas – Emily Gravett, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, (9781534476790), 2020

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?   Sunny is a meerkat living with his family in the Kalahari desert.  Christmas is coming and all are excited, except for Sunny who wants a perfect Christmas like the one in the pages of a magazine.  Sunny sets off to try to find the perfect Christmas by visiting some of his friends.  Each celebration seems to be missing some of the perfect ingredients. On Christmas Eve, Sunny finally finds the perfect Christmas with snow, singing, a tree, presents and a Christmas feast.  But it still isn’t perfect as Sunny is missing his family.  Luckily Santa takes Sunny home where he joins his family for a perfect Christmas at last.  Each double page spread is filled with wonderful watercolor and ink illustrations with fun details to pore over. There are also seven flaps to open including Christmas cards that Sunny sends back to his family, a magazine, and a package to open.  The endpages are filled with even more craft ideas and recipes.   This is a holiday book that will be enjoyed over and over. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a perfect addition to holiday titles.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Holiday Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 2/27/2021         


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