Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?
Reviewed: December 10, 2002
By: Jan Brett
Publisher: G.P. Putnamís Sons
32 pages, $24.99
Just in time for Christmas we have this delightful story of how
to deal with trolls when they attempt a home invasion. Trolls are not the sort
of creatures you want around, not even in open house season, but that doesnít
mean that you shouldnít be polite to other strangers.
So young Kyrie is polite to the boy from Finnmark when he comes
knocking on her door on Christmas Eve. Kyrieís father would have been home but
he was out on a ski patrol trying to repel the trolls. The boy had an ice bear
with him, but he was very polite and the bear simply curled up under the warm
In fact thatís where he was when those nasty trolls broke in
through the basement later on, and when they made the mistake of waking him up
while they were in the middle of eating all the Christmas baking, it is safe to
say that they were truly impressed by the results.
They were so impressed that they didnít come back the next year,
or even after that.
Iím hardly doing this tale justice, because itís a beautifully
illustrated book. Except for the first and last pages, it is told in double
spreads, with one large painting dominating the open book. The painting is
framed by what seem to be bone and wood carvings, and they, in turn, contain
smaller detail paintings that help to advance the story. Arching overhead are
various displays of northern lights and constellations, befitting the time of
Brett likes to interact with her readers. There are all sorts of
messages, video and audio clips and other goodies at her website,