Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Peterkins’ Christmas

The Peterkins’ Christmas

Elizabeth Spurr
Illustrator:   Wendy Anderson Halperin 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Simon and Schuster, 2004   ISBN: 978-0689830235

The Peterkins are the most peculiar family. They are always getting into muddles, not to mention any number of scrapes and confusing situations. And yet, they always seem to land on their feet in one way or another. When the Peterkins decide to keep their Christmas tree a secret from the three youngest members of the family, the Little Boys, the whole thing becomes very complicated indeed. Everyone tries so hard to keep the secret that the three Little Boys soon know what is happening but they don't say a word.

One by one great obstacles are surmounted. When the tree is found to be too tall for the parlour ceiling, the Peterkins have a hole cut in the ceiling to accommodate it. When the piano is pushed too close to the windows Elizabeth Eliza willingly practices through the window. There is one very important detail which the Peterkins family quite forgets about; they have nothing to decorate their mammoth tree with; no candles, no tinsel, no ornaments. Are all their efforts going to be ruined after all?

This ridiculous and highly amusing Christmas story will delight young readers who will laugh and groan over the misadventures that the Peterkins family endures in their effort to make a perfect Christmas. Wendy Anderson Halperin's lovely illustrations perfectly capture the ludicrous and yet loveable nature of this delightful family.