by Denise Brennan-Nelson, Deborah Melmon
The illustrations are colorful and festive, with a charming pencil style. The background of each page has interesting details that add to the story. For instance, the Santa in the mall has “Peppermint Beard Oil” stashed behind his Santa chair, along with a book about “How to be a Good Listener” and a toy catalog. So cute! Those details really make this story special.
There are also Christmas trees, snowmen, Christmas wreaths, gingerbread men, and snowflakes all over the book. Just reading it makes me feel festive!
I LOVED the rhyming style of the writing. So many children’s picture books have terrible rhymes, but this one is wonderful! I enjoyed reading it, because the words flow naturally and the rhymes don’t feel forced.
The little girl in the story asks really good questions like “Where do the reindeer sleep?” and “Do the elves live in the workshop or have their own separate houses?” “Do you take vacations?” It makes for an excellent story as her questions are answered and she discovers the magic surrounding Santa.
Such a sweet story and a beautiful book!
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.