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Posted May 26, 2012
Calling Off Christmas by Jeremy Brown is a brilliant, high concept Christmas novel that combines a down-to-earth, modern Santa with an environmental twist. Santa's North Pole workshop is in danger of being shut down by the EPA for reasons of causing global warming. At the same time, Santa begins to lose his Christmas spirit because the Christmas spirit is dwindling on Earth, especially in light of the terrible economy. Santa decides to head to the New York countryside, accompanied by his head elf Jinn, to observe the loss of faith on Earth. The story is told from Jinn's perspective; he is an elf with an attitude who puts Santa in his place once in a while. Santa is an old man who is magical and wise, but not without flaws and the need for unconditional love. The North Pole details are genius, since Brown explains a lot of the Christmas "magic" i.e. the reindeer are treated like world-class athletes, Santa has contracts with Apple, Sony, etc. to fill demand and NORAD must have Santa's flight patterns to avoid disaster. Calling Off Christmas is for adults and children alike. As a woman in my mid-thirties, I was intrigued by all the unique details and the compelling storyline of Santa's frustration with the people on Earth. I recommend to parents to read the novel to their children, since it hits on many lessons, such as a parent losing a job, loss of faith, environmental concerns, etc. I think the proper age for children to read the novel by themselves is nine and up. Parents should take into account that there are several difficult vocabulary words sprinkled throughout, but if your child can read Harry Potter, s/he can read this novel. Overall, Calling Off Christmas is a book for all ages and it's a modern holiday tale...and I highly recommend reading it all year round.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.