BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Christmas Blizzard by Helen Ketteman

TITLE: The Christmas Blizzard

AUTHOR: Helen Ketteman

ILLUSTRATOR: James Warhola

PUBLISHER: Scholastic, 1995


An unusual heat wave at the North Pole forces Santa to move his entire workshop to Lizzard, Indiana, where temperatures are in the deep freeze. Unfortunately, a lack of snow deters the work, so young Maynard Jenkins pays a visit to an elderly neighbor lady rumored to be able to cast spells. She is more than willing to help out, but the storm she conjures has unexpected and hilarious results.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  Ms. Ketteman’s humorous story about one Christmas snowstorm is reminiscent of some fairy tales I read when I was younger. Illustrator, James Warhola, creates amazingly detailed artwork, drawing the reader further into the story. From palm trees sprouting up at a warm North Pole to moisture ladened clouds falling to the ground in Indiana, this is a page turner until the very end. A great addition to any library!

RATING: *****5 Stars*****


1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like, but some elements could have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection



Fox is set to cook a nice meal until the main ingredient tries to escape! The chase is on as Fox and his friends scurry, hop, and lumber their way to catching those rumbly, tumbly taters. Friendship and teamwork go hand in hand during THE GREAT POTATO RACE! ***Coming soon from Story Catcher Publishing***

Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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2 thoughts on “BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Christmas Blizzard by Helen Ketteman

  • December 12, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    My kids loved this book. Helen was part of my critique group when we lived in Texas. Great to see this reviewed.

    • December 12, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      What a great bit of “backstory” to this lovely Christmas themed picture book! I’ve read it many times over the years and keep returning to it every December…?

      Thanks for stopping by and come back anytime!


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