Written and Illustrated by Bernard Waber
Christmas is an especially festive time for everyone’s favorite crocodile, Lyle. Lyle loves Bird and Loretta the cat, who live with Mr. Grumps. He loves East 88th Street and the house he shares with the Primms, and his mother.Lyle’s only problem is that he can’t decide what he wants for Christmas.
However not everyone is filled with holiday cheer. Mr. Grumps has the holiday blues — so much so that even his adored cat, Loretta, has had it with miserable Mr. Grumps. And then, just a few days before Christmas, Loretta disappears and the entire neighborhood joins Mr. Grumps in the hunt for the lost cat.
Now Lyle knows exactly what he wants for Christmas — the safe return of his good friend. Will he be able to find Loretta before Christmas and restore the holiday cheer to East 88th Street?
Bernard Waber first brought us the character of Lyle the Crocodile in 1965. Since then, Lyle has become a classic figure in children’s literature. Mr. Waber lives in Baldwin Harbor, New York.