BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Lighthouse Christmas by Toni Buzzeo

TITLE: Lighthouse Christmas

AUTHOR: Toni Buzzeo

ILLUSTRATOR: Nancy Carpenter

PUBLISHER:  Dial Books For Kids, 2011

SYNOPSIS:

Frances is determined to make Christmas jolly for her younger brother, even if it means joining family on the mainland and leaving Papa behind on their isolated lighthouse island. After all, would Santa even know how to find them in this faraway spot? But when Christmas Eve is ushered in on a wild storm and Papa risks his life to rescue a drowning man, the children realize that the most important thing about the holiday is being together.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I have always been fascinated with lighthouses. And history. So, when you put the two together, you KNOW I’m gonna grab that picture book and read it! Author, Toni Buzzeo, shines a light on the Flying Santa Service which began in 1929. Through fictional characters Frances and Peter, Ms. Buzzeo take young readers on an adventure of life during the holidays at a lighthouse. Everything from isolation to harsh wintery snowstorms threaten to ruin their Christmas. All it takes is an ocean rescue to help remind them of what’s really important during Christmas and it’s NOT the gifts! A great addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****

RATING SYSTEM:

1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like but could elements 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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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!

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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