Young puppy Oliver isn't very happy to be left alone in the house on Christmas Eve whilst his family visit gran in hospital. The house is too dark and quiet without them, but the the pup heears a noise - thump thump thump - and bravely decides to explore and find out where the noise is coming from. Upstairs he finds presents on the bed and bravely attacks them and then he 'sees off' the snowman he can see out of the window. The noise doesn't stop so he investigates in the kitchen but all he finds is a large cold thing (turkey) on the table that he pulls down on to the floor before it can jump on him! In the lounge he has a fight with the Christmas tree but when he finally arrives in the dining room he finds......Santa who gives him a juicy bone, just before his family arrive home.
A gentle story, children would identify with the puppy's fears and the way he mistakes everyday objects as monsters. The illustrations use muted colours that portray the evening light very well and Oliver is just adorabel, dog lovers would just melt at the pictures of him.
My blog is a collection of thoughts and I hope you will learn something about me from the ramblings as well as finding some useful links. I'm Bev Humphrey and I'm a Literacy, School Libraries and Technology Consultant. I am self employed so views expressed are solely my own.