An Elf for Christmas

An Elf for Christmas

by Michael Garland
     
 

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When Tingle, one of Santa's best workshop elves, is accidentally wrapped up with a toy airplane and delivered to a real, live boy on Christmas morning, the situation seems hopeless. With Santa too far away to help, Tingle worries that he will be trapped in the humans' house forever. But when the courageous little elf comes up with a wonderful, magical plan for escape,… See more details below

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Overview

When Tingle, one of Santa's best workshop elves, is accidentally wrapped up with a toy airplane and delivered to a real, live boy on Christmas morning, the situation seems hopeless. With Santa too far away to help, Tingle worries that he will be trapped in the humans' house forever. But when the courageous little elf comes up with a wonderful, magical plan for escape, readers will find it hard to resist peeking ahead to see what happens. Tingle's thrilling journey back to the North Pole--as well as his joyous homecoming--have all the trappings of a Christmas classic.

The captivating illustrations by Michael Garland (author-illustrator of the best-selling picture book The Mouse Before Christmas) burst with color and movement. Infused with extravagant detail, warmth, and imagination, An Elf for Christmas will linger in the minds of readers long after all the ribbon and wrapping paper have been put away

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While on the job in Santa's workshop, Tingle the elf climbs into the cockpit of a toy plane and falls asleep. Next thing he knows, he's being unwrapped on Christmas morning. Terrified and homesick, Tingle tries to fly home to the North Pole, crashes, but eventually reaches his destination with the help of a polar bear. As brightly colored as a string of Christmas tree lights, Garland's (The Mouse Before Christmas) oddly surreal computer-generated illustrations teeter on the edge of garish; the best thing about them is the 3D illusion they project. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The text in Garland's book has little merit, and appears mostly as an excuse for the digital artwork. The night before Christmas, Tingle, a diligent elf in Santa's workshop, falls asleep in the cockpit of a toy plane he has been working on. When the plane is wrapped, so is he, and the package is tucked into Santa's sleigh and delivered to Joey for Christmas. Tingle gets homesick, flies the plane homeward, runs out of power, and hitches a ride with a polar bear. Garland makes no effort to endow his principals with any personality or presence; the artwork suffers from a grating juxtaposition of hyperrealism and smoky, blurred imagery. The proportions and depths of field are discomfittingly exaggerated, except for a scene in which the northern lights are on display above Santa's workshop—there the otherworldliness perfectly matches the event. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142405055
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/15/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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