Advent Elf

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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?

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Overview

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?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Arty, a quick-talking, cranky elf who pops out of a family's Advent wreath, isn't enough to spark this confusing tale. Readers not familiar with this Christian tradition will be perplexed: though the wreath and other decorations signal that Christmas is nigh, no mention is made of the holiday--or what it might have to do with Advent. Korthues's chipper artwork is a bright spot, but given the decidedly non-Christian focus on the elf, it's hard to know who this book's audience is. Ages 4–up. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"Ernest the bunny is new at his job delivering Easter eggs in this Swiss import. Though he is eager to join
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

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Six-year-old Paul and his family had just lit their first Advent candle of the season when Paul noticed something off about the Advent wreath surrounding the candle. A very little man, tugging on a red scarf that was tangled in the wreath, takes off in alarm after Paul helps to untangle the material. Arty the Advent Elf tells Paul that he must help him get back home, although Paul is confused as to what that would mean. Paul comes up with a number of ideas, but Arty finally sets Paul straight about what he needs to do. Making sure not to put Arty in harm's way—in this story, in the path of Suzie the cat—Paul helps his new friend get back to his wreath. The illustrations are colorful, realistic, and detailed and add helpful focus to the story. The story itself falls a bit flat as there is no real excitement or adventure for Paul or Arty; Paul just has to get the elf back to the wreath. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Six-year-old Paul rescues an elf who has been sent to watch over him during Advent. Arty is accident prone, being an elf-in-training, and needs to return to the Advent wreath to get home. The child helps him avoid the family cat, and all ends well. The charming illustrations are full of color and action, but the pedestrian story is slight and not very exciting.—Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735823358
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

barbara Korthues was born in Germany near the Dutch border. She studied illustration and graphic design as well as appointing in Munster and has since illustrated many books. She now lives and works in Stuttgart.

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