Children's LiteratureThis beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Robert and how he saves Santa's workshop from flooding. Using his shortwave radio, Robert contacts Captain McCain at the Airship Weather Station. However, the good captain has a hard time believing in Santa, much less that he is in trouble. Nevertheless, on reflection, he does think about the erratic way his instruments respond when he is flying over the Pole, so he decides to take a quick look that evening in his airship. While he sees no signs of a building around the Pole, McCain promises Robert that he will keep an eye out. Perplexed, Robert contacts a lighthouse keeper in Greenland, who contacts McCain again with a message of help for Santa. McCain, against orders, takes one more flight and, lo and behold, finds the beleaguered Santa Claus and his helpers and helps save Christmas by moving the Christmas toys to Greenland. The illustrations are detailed and colorful and provide a wonderful synthesis to the text. This would be a wonderful Christmas present for young male readers. 2005, Blue Fox Press, Ages 5 to 9.
Jean Boreen, Ph.D.