by James and Victoria Barbato (Authors), Joe Huffman
The writing is good, but has a stiff style, especially in the dialogue. It doesn’t flow as well as it could, but it’s not bad. The story is interesting, but rather simple. There isn’t anything particularly memorable or special in the plot, but it is a sweet story.
The illustrations really bothered me.
Sometimes, the expressions on the characters faces are demented! They look like lunatics with wide smiles. Sometimes their heads look too big for their bodies, and I don’t even know what was wrong with the elves. They looked completely out of proportion.
I wonder if the illustrations are trying to capture the cartoon realism style from “Polar Express”, but this book does not do it well.
The accompanying ornament that comes with the gift set is a plain plastic ornament, covered with silk and gold braid. Two scenes from the book are printed on each side, but the printing is so blurry that it doesn’t look very good. I won’t be putting it on my tree this Christmas.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.