His stomach rumbling, Coyote approaches a house on Christmas Eve hoping to trick the family there out of a hot meal by dressing as Santa Claus, but Sister Raven sees the strange events and plays a wonderful trick of her own. (summary and picture from goodreads.com)
My Review: I am an avid fan and collector of Coyote stories. Coyote is always up to no good--he's the perfect example of how not to be, (though he sometimes also helps people, bringing fire or death or the pattern of the stars). He can be wise, though much prefers to be tricky, and is often caught up in his own mischievousness, his tricks turning on him. Coyote is one of those ancient figures who is always the same, never learns from his own mistakes and carries on making a fool of himself over and over.
I've loved this story since I was given a copy for Christmas several years back. It's a fun twist on the old Coyote tales, as it takes place in a modern setting. But Coyote is the same Coyote he always is, which lends to the familiarity of his character to those who have followed his exploits. Thinking he'll get a a free meal by dressing as Santa (and he does), Coyote ends up with more than he bargained for when Raven (also a fellow trickster figure) adds her own brand of mischief, which, while for Coyote turns him on his tail, is a blessing for the little Lakota family he visits, and lends a warm Christmas spirit to the overall story.
Even if you're not familiar with Coyote, this is a fun story for anyone, and kids particularly like a good fellow mischief maker. The art is lovely, and very expressive, helping to lead this warm and silly story along.
My Rating: Four Stars
For the sensitive reader: Just filled with silly antics.