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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2010
...which commences with a two-page simple snowy spread featuring Kipper setting out with his spade...and the same scene, albeit with less falling snow......winding up the anticipation!

This book is always one of the favourites at this time of the year, for the 'extra' who adds to that enthusiasm to turn the page!

From the back cover:

'On Christmas Eve the little fir tree that Kipper finds is not the only thing he brings home.'

Attractive covers open to 32 high quality shiny pages, packed full of clear and descriptive text, with the usual endearing illustrations, in the popular 2-page spread format.

Example of text:

'Which is best?' said Kipper to himself.
'Christmas Day? Or Christmas Eve?'
He reached the top of Big Hill and stopped.
'Presents? Or expecting presents?'
And then, because he was too excited to decide, he just whooped, and went charging down the slope towards the wood.
It was Christmas Eve and he was looking for a Christmas tree to take home.........'

And Kipper soon spots just the right little tree, but it is a lot harder work than he thinks!
Pig helps and although Arnold notices 'something', Kipper and Pig are much too busy....all day!
Tiger arrives later on and, as the friends finally wind up for the day, Kipper is not the only one who is wide awake...waiting for Father Christmas!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It's so refershing to have a book that demonstrates to children that the fun of Xmas is about friends and the expectation - not the actual presents of Xmas! I'm sure it wasn't the authors intention but that's a happy byproduct - and my 3 year old loves it..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2013
Our little boy loves Kipper the dog and over Christmas we read this story to him every night. The paperback version loses a star because shortly after we bought it someone gave us the hardback version - the final page of which contains quite a surprise in the form of a flashing red light on Arnold's hat. It's the highlight of the book for our son, but it's not there in the paperback at all.
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on 10 October 2013
Mick Inkpen has created one of the best-loved characters in picture books- Kipper. Always popular, Inkpen's colourful, bold pictures are great for sharing either 1-1 or in a group, and the stories are touching and humorous.

Kipper's Christmas Eve is no exception. Both children and adults are charmed by the simplicity of the Kipper books, and in this tale he is preparing for Christmas Day. The young audience will be able to appreciate the festive routines of collecting a tree, opening presents and novelty fashion. The large illustrations enhance the tale and are full of life and energy.

The only negative is that it is quite a long story for the target age range, and I have found that some children aren't able to concentrate long enough to enjoy the whole book. However, Kipper and his friends are a staple of any children's library.
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on 3 December 2013
We love the Kipper books and have also ordered and received the Kipper, Arnold, and Tiger stuffed animals. Our five year old still sleeps with them, and has the books read to him at bedtime. We have also ordered more for Christmas presents. We love the illustrations, and the format is a good size for little ones. I expect him to be reading them himself soon, as he is beginning to read. The letters are a good size for that as well. I highly recommend these books, with their lovable characters. As the adult reading them, I don't get tired of the repetition, which every parent knows is a killer.
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on 5 February 2013
My grandson of two and a half absolutely loves Kipper and all the other characters. He is allowed to watched the videos and for Christmas Santa brought him the toy characters and his Mom and I between us made up Kipper's basket. I knitted snake, blanket, rabbit and mouse and made sock thing. The books were a natural choice and didn't disappoint but then he was already a fan and he loves books. They live in Montreal so were duly posted over so unfortunately I didn't see his reaction except on Skype and he seemed pretty pleased to me. :)
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on 8 January 2015
After discovering Kipper on TV my granddaughters fell in love with him. They love this book, the illustrations have lots of discussion points within them. Quite a difficult subject for the 2 year old to grasp whether Christmas Eve is better than Christmas Day, expectation better than getting, but this led to a good discussion with the 5 year old. Whether you're a fan of Kipper or not this is a Christmas book I would recommend.
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on 5 December 2012
I thought it quite a nice story, nice illustrations, rather flat ending, but my 4 year old granddaughters don't ever choose it: when they sit through to the end I think they are just being polite, or have nothing better to do.
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on 18 October 2013
Keeping the book until christmas for my son but had a quick read through it and think its great. Was delivered safe and sound and on time. Would defo order from same delivery company again

Trudy
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on 9 March 2014
Lovers of Kipper will enjoy this story of him and his little friends, as Kipper sets out to find a fir tree to decorate for Christmas - and inadvertently brings home a little mouse in it's branches!
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