By Henry Holt & Co.

Reviewed for Kindergarten, 2011

My Penguin, Osbert

Joe is a boy who knows what he wants, and after two years of not quite getting what he wanted for Christmas—for example, a toy car instead of a full-sized red racer—he asks for a live penguin in a carefully detailed letter, and Santa delivers. However, when life with Osbert means cold creamed herring for breakfast and icy baths, Joe rethinks his latest Christmas wish. Elizabeth Cody Kimmel's tongue-in-cheek humor combined with H.B. Lewis' whimsical watercolor illustrations will delight young readers and parents alike—and make little ones think twice about what they wish for this holiday season.(Candlewick, $6.99)