Review of Happy All-idays!

Happy All-idays!Happy All-idays!
by Cindy Jin; illus. by Rob Sayegh Jr.
Preschool    Little Simon    16 pp.    g
9/22    978-1-6659-2141-1    $7.99
e-book ed.  978-1-6659-2548-8    $7.99

“The time has come to send holiday cheer / to family and friends far and near.” Outside an apartment building whose windows showcase holiday decorations (including Christmas, ­Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa), a woman is mailing something. On each subsequent spread of this informative and cheerful board book, left-hand pages show families celebrating their traditions (some religious, some secular, and even a nod to the interfaith “­Chrismukkah”) while right-hand pages display their holiday greeting cards. Sayegh’s inclusive illustrations feature one child in a wheelchair and others from same-sex, opposite-sex, interracial, intergenerational, and single-parent families, all gathered outside as a community on the last spread. Happy all-idays, indeed!

From the November/December 2022 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Cynthia K. Ritter
Cynthia K. Ritter

Cynthia K. Ritter is managing editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She earned a master's degree in children's literature from Simmons University. She served on the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award committee.

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