Monday, December 5, 2011

Since the holidays are upon us, I wanted to find a holiday themed children's book that I could recommend this month. I found Miss Holly Is Too Jolly, by Dan Gutman. It is a beginner chapter book about a boy named Arlo. The book is in the My Weird School series. It's a light-hearted and fun holiday story that will get any reader laughing.

Arlo is in elementary school and his teacher, Miss Holly, is putting on a holiday show. Arlo and his buddies have to participate even though they don't want to. Of course, everything that can go wrong does. Emily kisses Arlo under the mistletoe (YUK!), Arlo gets a dumb hat from his Secret Santa, Arlo makes Emily fall off the stage, and the principal is dangling from the ceiling at the end of the show. It's a hilarious mess!

Dan Gutman tells his holiday story with great voice, lots of action, and many clever puns that adults and children will love.

I recommend this book to second grade boys.