Silly Dilly Christmas Songs: Where Did They Hide my Presents
Reviewed: January 8, 2006
By: Alan Katz & David Catrow
Publisher: McElderry Books
32 pages, $22.95
Taking one last whack at Christmas,
here’s a book you might like to have around for next year, when you’ve heard
one too many carols. In this latest Silly Dilly book (there are two earlier
ones) Katz and Catrow skewer the hopes and dreams of little children to the
tunes of fourteen well known carols.
The title tune is sung to “Rudolph
the Red-Nosed Reindeer”.
Where did they hid my presents?
That is what I’d like to know.
Searching all night’s not
I looked high and low and
How about this, to “The Little Drummer
Dance, they told me.
I’m the Sugarplum,
A Nutcracker fairy
And I feel so dumb.
I hope I don’t fall down
And land on my bum.
Right now I wish I were as
Small as Tom Thumb,
Small as a crumb.
I feel so glum.
You get the idea. Amusing rhymes that
are pretty easy to fit to the music in your head (or out loud, if you dare)
and illustrations that really do tell the story.
My wife, who insisted I review this
one, thinks these fourteen mutant songs could be the makings of a really good
Christmas concert. I can hear the wheels turning even now...