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The Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas
by Ellis Paul and Scott Brundage


Overview - Based on acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellis Paul's Christmas song, this hilarious tale focuses on an inevitable part of the holiday season--lights Year after year, the neighbors on one suburban street try to outdo one another with their holiday decorations, until one night their efforts take out the world's power grid.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Based on acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellis Paul's Christmas song, this hilarious tale focuses on an inevitable part of the holiday season--lights Year after year, the neighbors on one suburban street try to outdo one another with their holiday decorations, until one night their efforts take out the world's power grid. Once the neighborhood is dark, though, they're finally able to clearly see the stars above--a simple, perfect Christmas show. Includes free downloadable mp3.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807545430
  • ISBN-10: 0807545430
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 8.75 x 11.06 x 0.31 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & Advent
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

The Griswoldian escalation of holiday decorating among competitive neighbors has an unexpected ripple effect in this rhyming fable inspired by a song from Pauls holiday album, City of Silver Dreams. After years of trying to outdo each other with lights and inflatable lawn ornaments, the residents of Christmas Block create a visible-from-outer-space display that draws carloads of people driving at their leisure./ Theyd gawk and squawk and stare in shock,/ while their children had near seizures. A blown fuse causes a global blackout, but the resulting celestial light display may prove the best decoration of all. Brundages increasingly flashy and jam-packed scenes match the over-the-top silliness of Pauls song, before creating a stark contrast in later pages awash in natures inky blackness and astral shimmer. A free download of Pauls tune is available. Ages 47. Illustrators agency: Shannon Associates. (Oct.)

 
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