Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

by Jan Brett

Every year, trolls knock down Kyri's door and gobble up her Christmas feast.

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.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Holiday
  • Rating: 4.16
  • Pages: 32
  • Publish Date: September 23rd 2002 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • Isbn10: 0399238735
  • Isbn13: 9780399238734

What People Think about "Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?"

which is a childrens book by Jan Brett that takes place in Norway and it is about how a boy from Finnmark and a young girl named Kyri tried to ward off a pack of trolls from spoiling their Christmas dinner. On Christmas Eve, a boy from Finn mark was trekking on a northern place on his way to Oslo to show off his ice bear to the townsfolk, when he spots a cozy hut that was occupied by a little girl named Kyri, whose father had gone out to stop a group of mischievous trolls from eating their Christmas dinner. I loved the way that she illustrates the boy from Finn mark with blonde hair and wears a stylish Norwegian outfit that has a blunt grey and gold tint color with red and blue lacings over it. Jan Brett has also done an excellent job at writing this story as the characters are truly inventive to read about, even though I personally wished that the boy had an actual name like the girl instead of just being called the boy from Finn mark.

Another fantastic Jan Brett book. I simple want to visit all her story books.

A Norwegian folktale about a boy from Finnmark traveling with his ice bear to Oslo. The knockety knock sounded too polite to be the trolls that come every Christmas Eve to bust down the door and eat up all the Christmas meal.

Leaving that aside, this is a book I would recommend to young folklore enthusiasts, particularly those looking for Christmas stories, as well as to fans of Jan Brett.

I liked the frame around the pages, with different images in an oval frame and a polar bear statue on top. I liked learning about the diet in Finnmark, of sausage, fish, buns and cakes, sweet porridge and apple cider. It was just Kyri's dad and the boy from Finnmark. It was so stupid how her dad was shown on the side of the page, standing there and looking with binoculars and obviously being useless bcuz he missed a stranger coming to his house with his daughter alone, and missed it when the trolls knocked. It was so stupid how Kyri wondered if the porridge was creamy enough. There comes another knock and the boy yells out no one home. One of the trolls found the bear, poked sausage in his face and called him Kitty. And wtf is up with the freaking stupid crap with calling a polar bear a cat? A whole year passed and while she's out getting wood a troll asked if she still had the kitty, and she said yeah, but she's grown into a big cat now and has 7 kittens.

I loved the fairy tale look of this book, and the Norwegian feel to it. I love how they're called ice bears. 'It was because in years past on chrsitmas Eve, trolls came when they smelled the delicious aromas coming from the hut. They would pound on the door until it burst open, and they wouldn't leave until they had eaten up every bit of the Christmas Eve meal.' This doesn't sound very threatening. It's funny when the boy said "trolls would be a welcome adventure." I thought it was just for decoration, but the pics on the side were actually acting out scenes in the book. They hear knocking on the door, and they think it's trolls, so the boy calls out "there's no one home" which is weird. You think if you knew trolls would be attacking, you'd shut the door, lock the windows, and block the cellar beforehand.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. "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." --from www.janbrett.com