Celebrate the holidays with Lottie and Herbie!
Dressed as Santa and humming a tune, Herbie is ready for Christmas. But when he does something bad -- and wishes he could take it back -- the holidays don't feel very happy. Children everywhere will sympathize with Herbie in Petra Mathers's new picture book, which shows how easy it is to make a mistake...and how hard it is to say you're sorry.
Mathers (Lottie's New Beach Towel) brings back best pals Lottie the hen and Herbie the duck. This time out, 'tis the season for Herbie's "bottomless belly" to heed the irresistible call of holiday treats. While shopping with Lottie, Herbie gets a bit of Christmas stuck in his craw (literally) when he can't resist clandestinely munching on a Santa cookie at Ali Baba's bakery. The guilt over his actions quashes his holiday spirit until he sets things right. Mathers's snappy gouache depictions of these favorite fowl appropriately clad in festive red hats and winter coats are charming as ever. And Herbie's simple, joyful celebration with Lottie is the perfect denouement. Ages 4-8.