Advent Elfby Barbara Korthues, Paivi Stalder
A little holiday magic—elf style!
On the first night of Advent, a little man jumps out of the Advent wreath demanding that Paul get him home again. But how? By paper airplane? Through the pages of the Big Book of Brownies and Goblins? Paul has a problem! And when it’s all over, he has to wonder: Did an elf really visit him/i>/i>
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A little holiday magic—elf style!
On the first night of Advent, a little man jumps out of the Advent wreath demanding that Paul get him home again. But how? By paper airplane? Through the pages of the Big Book of Brownies and Goblins? Paul has a problem! And when it’s all over, he has to wonder: Did an elf really visit him last night, or was it only a dream?
the family business and prove his worth, he is nervous about his first and only assignment: to go to a boy
named Tommy’s house. “You can learn the ropes there,” his father tells him. Alas, it’s a tougher
assignment than he anticipates. A broken flowerpot and a lack of good places to hide the eggs prove
problematic. The family’s dog, Fred, however, is kind and willing to help, and all ends well. Pastel-bright,
fuzzy-edged pictures are springtime fresh, and the northern European look of Tommy’s home and town
adds charm to what is a rather pedestrian plot. Still, youngsters will like the sense of achievement Ernest
(who lives up to his name) feels when he finds the perfect hiding spot for his load of eggs. For libraries
needing to add to their holiday selection."Booklist
Praise for LOOPY
"Loopy, a beloved blue, stuffed bunny, has been left behind at the doctor's office, and it's too late to pick him up. Loopy's child is very upset: Sleep is not possible without Loopy! Besides, what if something happens? What if some other child takes Loopy and treats him badly? What if the doctor's office has ghosts? What if Loopy gets scared? Obviously, Loopy must be rescued. But what if Loopy's child gets lost trying to find him? And what if a grumpy giant intervenes? He could carry the child to a lair full of bugs! Suddenly the doorbell rings; someone is at the door holding something with suspiciously long ears. Maybe sleep will come tonight after all. Korthues's extremely appealing illustrations gently embody the child's fears without overwhelming this warm and comforting selection. With wit reminiscent of the Charlie and Lola books, this is sure to be a favorite with fans of Knuffle Bunny as well as all who have a favorite stuffed animal of their own."Kirkus Reviews
This import from Switzerland is intended as a Christmas story, but the timeframe is referred to only as Advent, without any explanation of how Advent relates to the Christmas season. As six-year-old Paul and his family light the first candle in their Advent wreath, the candle mysteriously disgorges an odd little man (seen only by Paul) who introduces himself as Arty the Advent elf. The slight (and only slightly interesting) plot finds Arty dashing into Paul's room, hiding from the family cat and finally returning back into the Advent candle flame. Arty the elf doesn't have the star power needed to carry this story, and though the illustrations of the elf employing Paul's suggested methods for returning to "elf land" provide some whimsy, they're not enough to make up for the lack of plot. (Picture book. 3-7)
- North-South Books, Inc.
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 8.50(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 8 Years
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