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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Meet the Peterkins. There's Mr. and Mrs. Peterkin, Agamemnon, Solomon John, Eliza-beth Eliza, and the three Little Boys (who everyone forgot to name when they were born).

The Peterkins love a good surprise almost as much as they love Christmas-time, and this year is no different as they try to surprise the Little Boys with their tallest Christmas tree ever. All their secret
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by Atheneum Books (first published September 1st 1999)
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This is my first encounter with the Peterkins. They come up with fantastic solutions to simple problems, such as raising the ceiling to accommodate their tall Christmas tree instead of cutting off the bottom of the tree, and playing the piano through the open window instead of moving it so the keys face into the room. My four-year-old son thought it was pretty funny. I love the period setting and the beautiful illustrations.
This book is almost more of a 3 1/2 for me (it's a little long and the letter excerpts are not seamless) but the tongue-in-cheek humor is so much fun, I just couldn't write this one off.

Some of the word-crafting is genius and the twist and turns can be hilarious. The comedic story model it follows is also excellent. Though I see some hiccups in this book, there is still much I can learn from it.

Reading this book has motivated me to send the original Peterkin classic to my Kindle. I'm curious!
Dec 29, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining and silly tale about a family's preparations for Christmas. The story doesn't make very much sense, but I suppose it isn't supposed to. It's the first story we've read about the Peterkins family and I've just discovered that these stories go back to the 1800s.

The illustrations are wonderful and remind us of Wendy Anderson Halperin's work on the Cobble Street Cousins series. The story is a bit long for a picture book, but would be appropriate for older children. We enjoye
This hilarious illustrated chapter from a children's novel is reminiscent of Amelia Bedelia.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
The Peterkins are a mess. They want to surprise their neighbors and relatives with a beautiful Christmas tree, but the tree is too tall and they have no ornaments and it’s hard to play the piano sitting outside in the snow….but there is always the Lady from Philadelphia to help them. Best part: humor. Ages 8-12.
Jul 03, 2013 Relyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents and teachers
I wrote about the Peterkin's Thanksgiving recently. Their Christmas adventures are just as entertaining. This book is a hoot. As always, Halperin doesn't disappoint. Check it out.
Very funny. I am now reading the orginal Peterkin Papers by Lucretia P. Hale.
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