Published by Running Press Kids
Summary: When Lily, Rose, Alex, and their parents go downstairs on Christmas morning, they discover that their cat, Jingles, has torn all the wrappings off their presents and is hiding on top of the tree. Dad tries to get her, but Jingles leaps off, bringing the whole tree down with her. The family rallies, enjoys their gifts, and goes off to pick up Grandma, leaving the holiday turkey sitting on the counter. Jingles can’t resist, and when the family returns, their dinner is in ruins. Jingles goes into hiding, and is still missing on December 26th. Wanting to lure her back home, the family goes shopping, where they run into Grandma. The reader will have to look carefully at the illustrations to see where Jingles has been hiding, but he finally reappears, and there’s a happy ending for everyone. 96 pages; grades 1-4.
Pros: A fun holiday tale that would make a good quick read-aloud or independent reading book for a chapter book beginner.
Cons: Not sure I would have been quite as forgiving of Jingles as this family is.