About a month and a half ago I received an email inquiry from an author about reviewing his book here at Hope Is the Word. This isn’t terribly unusual, and I don’t always accept the offered books for review. (I’m having a hard time reviewing anything nowadays, and honestly, my received-for-review stack often goes ignored for months on end.) Something about this description caught my attention since as you all know I have a soft spot in my heart for Christmas books. Thus, I offer to you The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Jay Dee, which is, as one can surmise from the cover, a sweet Christmas story that involves Santa Claus and one of his elves. The elf’s name is Elfie, and he is one of many of Santa’s elves who is busy at work on the night before the night before Christmas. It turns out that Elfie is something I’m somewhat familiar with–a slow-working perfectionist: “but Elfie liked working for a long time on one toy–to make it perfect–rather than quickly making ten toys.” His elvish supervisor is nothing but frustrated with him, but it turns out that the Big Man in Red isn’t in the least. You see, Santa gave Elfie his assignment because of his determination to get it just right. It turns out that Santa isn’t so much worried about keeping a Naughty and Nice list; instead, he “find[s] people with love.” And this particular train isn’t going to just anybody. The story ends with Santa’s sleigh guided by a special star toward Bethlehem. Ah, yes. This story mixes Santa with the Real Meaning of Christmas. Unless this is problematic for you, this is a sweet little story that just might bring a tear to your eye. (Yes, I’m hopelessly sentimental.) Darren Geers‘ illustrations are simulataneously cartoonish and sweet. This is a sweet addition to our Christmas Book Basket. (Kraine Kreative, 2014)
For a wee bit more information about the book, visit the book’s website.
Want to win a copy for your Christmas collection? Leave a comment here on this post, and I’ll choose a winner on Friday night, December 12, after 8 p.m. CST, which is when this giveaway closes.