All is calm as the animals dream and the keeper decorates the zoo exhibits on Christmas Eve . . . but not for long! More rapid than cheetahs, a team of flying zebras hauling a sleigh lands on top of the souvenir shop, revealing Santa’s newest helper: Oranga-Claus!
The hairy old ape knows just what all the lions, penguins, llamas, kangaroos, hippopotamuses, and other zoo animals want in their stockings for Christmas—and what the keeper wants, too! This hilariously fractured retelling of Clement C. Moore’s classic poem features delightful illustrations filled with monkeyshines on every page. This year you’ll be saying, “Merry Christmas to all, and ooka moo moo la goo!”
About the Author
Freelance writer Laura Boldin-Fournier is a former educator and librarian with an interest in animals and science. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
About the Illustrator
Stan Jaskiel is a professional cartoonist who has illustrated more than twenty children’s books as well as numerous coloring books, t-shirts, and magazines. He attended the Massachusetts College of Art. A former industrial designer, Jaskiel has freelanced full-time since 1992. He lives with his wife in Salem, Massachusetts, where he spends his time sketching and worrying about the Red Sox.
AN ORANGUTAN’S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
By Laura Boldin Fournier
Illustrated by Stan Jaskiel
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Apes, Monkeys, etc.
JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse;
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Zoos
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3