TITLE: When Santa Came To Stay
AUTHOR: Billy Sharff
ILLUSTRATOR: Eda Kaban
PUBLISHER: Dial Books For Young Readers, 2022
What happens when your Christmas cookies are too good? Santa comes . . . to stay! At first, it’s fantastic: treats and toys and reindeer flights every day. Then Mrs. Claus arrives. And Baby Claus. And before long, the Easter Bunny and her babies Chuck and Puck and Luck and Duck and . . . you get the picture. By the time the Fourth of July rolls around, everyone’s had a bit too much eggnog in their cereal and confetti in their hair. As one family discovers, maybe the true meaning of Christmas is about more than presents and sweets. And maybe there’s a reason it comes but once a year.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Author Billy Sharff’s story of what can happen when Santa overstays his welcome reminds me of an old saying, “Fish and relatives begin to stink after three days!” This comical story about Santa deciding to stay with one family long after the Christmas season was a cute idea at first. But the family soon realizes that one jolly ol’ elf can come with a lot of baggage…like family and in-laws. Elves and the Easter Bunny. Soon the thought of Christmas all year long isn’t so merry and the family devises a way to shoo Santa back where he belongs. A cute addition to any library!
RATING: ****4 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
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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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