READY, FREDDY! A VERY CRAZY CHRISTMAS. By Abby Klein. Illustrated by John McKinley. Scholastic Paperbacks. 96 pages. $5.99. For ages 4-8.
Freddy's twin cousins, Kasey and Kelly are visiting for the holidays. Freddy fans know that something always goes a little haywire in his stories, but the more kids you add, the crazier things get.
This tale will hit close to home for anyone who has spent Christmas with extended family, had children running around or hosted a sleepover. Young readers will enjoy the silliness and fun. Whether hunting for the perfect tree or making beards with whipped cream, Freddy and his cousins know how to have fun.
Abby Klein keeps the story entertaining and easily digestible for young readers. They can relate to the characters and understand their motivations. John McKinley adds light-hearted illustrations to help readers fill in the visual blanks. "A Very Crazy Christmas" doesn't have the thoughtful message of "Ready, Freddy! The Perfect Present," but it does capture family fun to a T.
McGeath Freeman reviews children's books for Lowcountry Parent magazine. To see previous reviews, visit www.lowcountryparent.com.