Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

by Jan Brett

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Overview

Every year, trolls knock down Kyri's door and gobble up her Christmas feast. But this year, the trolls are in for a surprise: a boy and his pet ice bear on their way to Oslo have come in from the cold. And once the ice bear is finished with the trolls, you can bet they won't come knocking next Christmas Eve!

Once again, Jan Brett creates an original Christmas story full of warmth and magic. Featuring beautiful borders, intricate illustrations, and a stunning display of the Northern Lights, Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? will rightfully take its place among Jan's Christmas favorites with the whole family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399238734
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/23/2002
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 100,936
Product dimensions: 10.38(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

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Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one's an odd little Christmas tale. Kyri prepares a Christmas feast, but is worried that some trolls will come and gobble it up before she and her family get a chance to eat it. A boy from Finnmark - a Northern province of Norway? - comes along with his pet polar bear - he tries to scare the trolls away, but it's the bear that really frightens them.The illustrations are framed in a really interesting way - the dark night sky appears at the top of each double-page spread, filled with mountain peaks and northern lights and stars and trolls. On either side of the main scene are two illustrated wood cut-outs framing the illustration. The wood cut-outs change with each page and also have two separate scenes in them. It's almost like a (very weird) comic book.The book is full of details about how Scandinavians celebrate (or celebrated?) the Christmas holiday. Theres tons of little scandinavian details in the scenery, the outfits, the woodcarvings, the food, etc. It's very chock full of detaily little scenes. The story's apparently based on a Norwegian folk tale, but there weren't any source notes as far as I could tell.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every Christmas Eve trolls attack a hut stealing all the Christmas food and wreaking havoc. This Christmas Eve the hut gets unexpected visitors, a boy and his bear. The trolls break in and eat all the food but the bear scares them off. The trolls are too scared to return, so happy Christmas to all.
kdcoshatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy and his polar bear walking around on Christmas Eve. It is also about a girl and her father who cook Christmas Eve dinner every year and every year the trolls come and eat everything. This year they were determined to keep them out. While the little girl cooks her father goes to the top of the mountain to look out for the trolls. The little boy and the bear see the house and go to see if they can sleep there for the night. The girl says sure and they eat dinner together. The trolls do show up and the polar bear scares them and chases them away so from that forward the trolls never came back. This is a story of friendship and helping people out when they have a problem.
Andreawallin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reaction: Brett¿s gorgeous, supernatural illustrations captivate the reader, perhaps more so than the actual story itself. Children will love all the different scenes in the book, particularly the scene of the trolls greedily cramming themselves with Christmas cakes! The constellations of the various characters in the book are illustrated on the front cover, creating a prelude to the scene.
callie5 More than 1 year ago
We have a large collection of children's Christmas books and this is one of our favorites. It's charming, beautifully illustrated and has a bit of humor, which my son appreciates a great deal. Love those nordic troll's antics!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of our all time favorite books. My daughter's preschool teacher read this to the class at our Preschool Christmas Party a couple of years ago & the class loved it. We now have it in our book collection at home. It's fun to read aloud and the illustrations are simply magical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
my kids LOVE THE MITTEN, so I thought this would be just as good. Not even close.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book so many times to my 5 year old. He listens so intently, like it's a new book every time. It is one of his all time favorites. We both now have a favorite author, Jan Brett.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was so wholesome and enjoyable, especially after a long Christmas Day. I sat and read it with such enjoyment. Jan Bret never ceases to amaze me with her story and illustrations.