Jay Dee, Author
Darren Geers, Illustrators
Kraine Kreative, Fiction, Nov. 3, 2014
Suitable for Ages: 3 and up
Themes: Santa, Elves, Workshop, Christmas
Opening: “At the North Pole — buried deep in glistening, powdery white snow– lies the cabin of Santa Claus. Outside, not a sound could be heard…But inside, on this night –the night before the night before Christmas — Santa’s cabin was anything but quiet.”
Book Synopsis: At Santa’s workshop, the night before the night before Christmas is hardly a time to rest. The elves work tirelessly to get the final toys made before Christmas Eve, but Elfie just can’t keep pace. He spends too much time making his toys perfect, and when Santa comes to check on production, all the elves are surprised by his reaction.
Illustrations Courtesy of Darren Geers
Why I like this book: Children worldwide know about the night before Christmas, but have they ever wondered about the night before that night at the North Pole? Jay Dee has written a heartwarming Christmas story about Elfie who makes sure that his toys are flawless and that gets him in trouble with the head elf, Nathan. Elfie is behind the other elves and shutters when he hears Santa is on his way to inspect the progress in the workshop. I like the book’s theme about doing your best no matter how others feel. Giving your best is all the counts. The story is very creative reminder about the true meaning of Christmas and the holiday season. Darren Geers illustrations are eye-popping, expressive and gorgeous — just look at the expression on Elfie’s face on the cover. Geers sketches his illustrations with ink and digitally colors them. They really make this book a standout for children. Visit Jay Dee at his website.
Resources/Activities: After reading the book, provide your kids with paper, crayons, scissors, glitter and glue and encourage them to draw a favorite Christmas scene related to the book or to the true story of Christmas. Make an elf mobile. Have children make a Christmas list, but a list that they would give to a special child in need. Drop off a toy to “Toys for Tots” or look at programs your church may sponsor to help the less fortunate.
Book Giveaway: Participants must be U.S. residents. All you need to do is leave a comment and indicate that you are interested in receiving a copy. A winner will be selected randomly. Comment by 11:59 EST December 4. I will announce the winner on my blog December 7. Please make sure I know how to get in touch with you (via Blog, FB, E-mail, Twitter) if you are selected.
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