The Happy Elf Book and CDby Harry, Jr. Connick Jr., Dan Andreasen
Eubie is the happiest elf at the North Pole. More than anything else, he longs to be a part of Santa’s sleigh team. Instead, he’s stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Until one Christmas Eve he sees something strange: In the whole town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice. So with a pinch of elfish magic and a magical whoosh,/b>
Eubie is the happiest elf at the North Pole. More than anything else, he longs to be a part of Santa’s sleigh team. Instead, he’s stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Until one Christmas Eve he sees something strange: In the whole town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice. So with a pinch of elfish magic and a magical whoosh, Eubie’s off to Bluesville. But can he turn a whole town of naughty children nice in just one day?
Based on the beloved holiday song “The Happy Elf” by Grammy Award winner Harry Connick, Jr., and with vibrant illustrations from Dan Andreasen, The Happy Elf is a new holiday classic for the entire family.
Eubie is a relentlessly cheery elf whose story is based on a Christmas song by Connick, which was also previously made into an animated movie.
The storybook version finds the exultant elf checking Santa's lists and discovering that every child in the town of Bluesville is on the naughty list. He uses his magic hat to transport himself to the dreary town, which is sited at the bottom of a deep valley. When Eubie finds the town is surrounded by mountains of "unburnable coal," he helps the town's children polish the extensive surrounding mountain range so the peaks shine with sparkling light like jewels. This cooperative effort transforms the townspeople into a happy crowd of Christmas celebrants, and Eubie is rewarded for his kindness by being chosen to join Santa's sleigh team for Christmas deliveries. The story is a little long, a little illogical and much too full of words in all capitals, exclamation marks and Eubie's signature cry of "YIPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEE!" The large-format watercolor illustrations have a retro appeal, though the elves and the children look like the same species aside from pointed ears.
Kids who are familiar with the song or movie about Eubie may enjoy the story, but adult readers might be tempted to offer Eubie a lump of unburnable coal for his Christmas stocking. (author's note)(Picture book. 4-7)
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- 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Harry Cnnick, Jr., is a multitalented musician, singer, composer, and actor who has sold more than twenty-five million albums worldwide. As an actor, Mr. Connick has appeared in several films, including Hope Floats, P.S. I Love You, and Dolphin Tale; on the TV show Will & Grace; and on the Broadway stage in shows such as The Pajama Game. In addition to winning three Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award, he has also been nominated for Tony Awards as an actor and composer. The Happy Elf is his first picture book.
Dan Andreasen has illustrated many well-loved books for children, including River Boy: The Story of Mark Twain and Pioneer Girl: The Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, both by William Anderson, as well as many titles in the Little House series. He lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.
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