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The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
In this spirited reworking of the classic song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Joy has to deal with her first Christmas with a new baby brother—and nothing could be worse. He drools on the ornaments and ruins the presents, he eats all the cookies and smashes the snowmen, and he’s on the verge of taking over the whole holiday. Joy’s patience runs out as the baby’s mishaps ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
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Dec 21, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla, picture-book
Six-year-old Joy is ready for Christmas, but her baby brother Sam doesn't have the same approach to the holiday as she does. When she prepares to put her favorite angel atop the Christmas tree, Sam tears off its wings. After all, this is his first Christmas, and he behaves as babies will do. This updated version of the classic Twelve Days of Christmas follows Joy and Sam through much mayhem as the days march inexorably to a Christmas that Joy is sure will be ruined by her brother. But he has a ...more
Margaret Chind
Sep 29, 2015 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Margaret by: Mary Ann Zissimos

Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.The Worst 12 Days of Christmas Children's book Review

Love! I really love the artistry. Neat to read this is the illustrators first children's book. I hope he has many more. The story is great. I was concerned at first, but it goes well. A great family read, especially for that uncertain and new older sibling.

Ryan Wood is a concept artist and illustrator. This is his first picture book. He lives in Utah.

This review was originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.
Dec 15, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The world can be so negative and difficult at times for some of my students. I hesitated to read them a book that composed the words "worst" and "Christmas" in the same title. Christmas deserves much more than that and all of us need to cling to the hope that the birth of Christ brings into our lives. But after reading this book to my Kindergartners, it was clear that Christmas deserves laughter and joy as well. So many of my kids have younger siblings and could relate to the frustrations Joy ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Dewey rated it did not like it
Shelves: st-christmas
It's kind of unfortunate timing that I read this book when I coincidentally have a nephew who is six and a niece who is one. All through reading this, I just kept comparing the characters to the two of them and wondering why Joy was such a mean big sister and why the baby's parents were so shitty that he could get into everything constantly, like no one was ever supervising him. Also, I don't live somewhere that snows, people take infants sledding?! That seems weird and kind of ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Stefani rated it liked it
Shelves: read-picture
Anyone who was young enough to appreciate Christmas but old enough to know all the aspects has had those moments where someone isn't following the rules. Older siblings will definitely empathize. The ending is saccharine and some of the non-numbered rhymes are awkward, but a fun alternative to the traditional all-feel-good Christmas story.
Sarah Overvaag
Feb 15, 2016 Sarah Overvaag rated it it was amazing
Joy is 6 and is celebration g Christmas with Sam - it's his fist. He finds a lot of ways to ruin everything. This book is a very fun read-aloud! I really enjoyed singing my way through it with 3 groups of 2nd graders. It follows the melody of The Twelve Days of Christmas and they caught right on.
Jul 27, 2016 Shelli rated it really liked it
The bright beautiful illustrations by Ryan Wood really helped make this book a fun read. The story was a silly retake on the Twelve Days of Christmas song that people attempt to sing (many screwing up, myself included) each holiday season.
Joy tries to enjoy the days leading up to Christmas, but her new little brother drools on the ornaments, eats all the cookies, and wreaks havoc on the holiday, leaving Joy's holiday spirit weakened.
Feb 08, 2015 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
This was a fun read. You can especially relate to this book if you have ever spent a Christmas with a 6-18 month old in the house.
Feb 05, 2014 Relyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted on my library's website
Shelves: lawsonland
Classroom Connections
~ Christmas read aloud
~ Christmas free time option
~ discussion of point of view
~ Class meeting about siblings and patience
Brandy Wilkes
Oct 29, 2015 Brandy Wilkes rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the worst thing in the world can turn out to be the best thing. Great book for new siblings.
Susan B
Dec 15, 2011 Susan B rated it did not like it
The illustrations were awesome, but the text wasn't that well written. Nice spin at the end.
4 Starr Kids
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Nav rated it it was amazing
Dec 27, 2015
Dec 12, 2012 Tanya rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Older sister sure does like this book. :-)
Am I the only one who wondered where the parents were?
Amy rated it liked it
Jul 13, 2012
Sheri rated it really liked it
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Jennifer Rummel
Jan 04, 2012 Jennifer Rummel rated it really liked it
Cute and funny with adorable pictures!
Nov 07, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
Sweet sentiment about family. Fun connections to the song and complex pictures.
Cathy rated it it was ok
Dec 24, 2011
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Dec 13, 2011
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