Merry Christmas, Gus

by Chris Chatterton (Author) Chris Chatterton (Illustrator)

Merry Christmas, Gus
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Readers can giggle their grumps away with Gus and his adorable puppy friend as they celebrate Christmas in this hilarious picture book sequel by Chris Chatterton.

Meet Gus. Gus does not like Christmas. He doesn't like Christmas carols or decorations, and he certainly doesn't like scratchy Christmas sweaters! But when his puppy friend tries to help Gus get in the holiday spirit, will Gus stay a Scrooge or give in to the Christmas cheer?

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--Cute, funny, and overall delightful. This story is narrated by a puppy who lives with Gus, a grumpy, grown-up dog. Gus doesn't like much about Christmas until he learns there is more to it than decorations and sweaters. When Gus discovers that Christmas can be about spending time with his beloved puppy, he begins to come around. The book ends with a hilarious surprise. Illustrations in the book are colorful, engaging, and humorous. Students can make connections, predictions, and inferences with this text. There is an additional SEL perspective about happiness coming from connecting with and helping others. This story would be great for a read-aloud or lap reading. VERDICT A funny and cute Christmas story, this is recommended for elementary collections.--Christina Salazar, Mesquite I.S.D., TX

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Chris Chatterton
Chris Chatterton began his career in graphic design and animation, working on a variety of projects, including Doctor Who and CBBC's The Dumping Ground. Chris's passion for illustration then led him to pursue a career as a freelance artist working on a number of children's books, including Ladybird's Ten Minutes to Bed series. Originally from County Durham, Chris now lives and works in the basement studio of his house in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
December 20, 2021

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