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, 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 blahs—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. Will he be able to find Loretta before Christmas and restore the holiday cheer to East 88th Street?
“'Tis the season to be jolly, but Lyle's neighbor, Mr. Grumps, is down in the dumps, instead. "I am having the blahs," he moans, and everybody obligingly tries to cheer him up--especially that lovable crocodile, Lyle. But nothing does the trick; nothing, it seems, can lift the man out of his sorry, sorry holiday blahs. But then his pet cat, Loretta, disappears, and Mr. Grumps finally has a good reason to be unhappy. Has Loretta gone for good? Will well-meaning Lyle get himself into a pickle trying to find her? Will there be reason for celebration on New York's East 88th Street? Lyle's legions of fans can guess the answers, but the croc is so darned--well, lovable, and Waber's pictures are so much fun to look at, that no one will want to miss this latest installment of the adventures of America's favorite reptile.”