Book A Day: We Wish For A Monster Christmas

For the month of December, we will be featuring (at least) a book a day leading up to Christmas.  Start a Christmas tradition of reading a new book each day this month until Christmas Eve.  You can get books from the library or pick up new ones to add to your home library while you are out shopping for the holidays.  Our books will range from board books for infants and toddlers, to chapter books for teens, to craft books for the holidays to books for adults.  Let us know if you pick up one either at a bookstore or the library and what you think about it.

To check out a full list of books from our Book a Day December 2017, click here.


monster christmas
We Wish For A Monster Christmas

We wish for a furry monster,
A big, hairy, scary monster,
Our own stomping, chomping monster, for Christmas this year!

Dear Santa: please bring us a MONSTER for Christmas! This hilarious parody of the traditional carol stars two siblings who want something just a little more special than the usual toys for their Christmas gift. Mom and Dad refuse—so they appeal to a higher power: Santa. And since they’ve been good all year, he delivers. But having a monster in the house may not be all it’s cracked up to be . . . as the kids discover when he turns their playroom to rubble and causes tons of trouble. Now, what will they do? Delighted readers will sing along with the merry song.

This may be the one Christmas song you hear your kids dancing through the house singing beginning with the first day they read this story.  You might be singing along with them as well. And you thought they wanted a hippopotamus for Christmas……


“The holidays don’t need much help to get chaotic, but one family is really in for it after two siblings ask Santa for a monster for Christmas. Reworking the lyrics of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ with style (and lots of household destruction), Fliess contrasts the children’s joy about their new friend/pet with their parents’ less-than-thrilled reactions (‘Our mom took up meditation./ Our dad hollered in frustration./ But we had a celebration/ with monsterly cheer!’). In lively digital illustrations, Ranucci pictures the monster as an overgrown beast with lustrous red-orange fur, a spiky tail, and evident affection for the children, even as he inadvertently turns the house upside-down with his mess making. . . . the anarchic closing scene will leave kids laughing.” —Publishers Weekly