The Great PJ Elf Chase: A Christmas Eve Tradition

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When the Taylor boys put their minds to something, they go all out!

There's a Christmas Eve tradition in the Taylor household. While the boys take baths, Santa's elves drop new pajamas outside their bathroom door. The PJ elves are sly and quick, but this year they're in for a surprise-Ben and Jack are on a mission to catch one of them! The traps the brothers set sure look promising, but the unexpected can happen when you least expect it!

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Overview

When the Taylor boys put their minds to something, they go all out!

There's a Christmas Eve tradition in the Taylor household. While the boys take baths, Santa's elves drop new pajamas outside their bathroom door. The PJ elves are sly and quick, but this year they're in for a surprise-Ben and Jack are on a mission to catch one of them! The traps the brothers set sure look promising, but the unexpected can happen when you least expect it!

Join in the fun and bring this delightful story into your home this Christmas. Start a family tradition that will entertain generations.

2014 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
2014 Finalist, National Indie Excellence Awards
Five-Star Review Recipient, Readers' Favorite

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-24
In this picture book, two boys plan to catch Santa's elves on Christmas Eve when they deliver new sets of pajamas. Santa's elves are on a mission to give all the good children of the world not toys, as one might expect, but new pairs of pajamas. Through the use of a magical crystal ball, Santa's elves check to make sure children are taking their baths on Christmas Eve, and then they leave a brand new set of pajamas just outside the bathroom door. But brothers Jack and Ben are determined to finally catch an elf. They concoct a daring plan to capture one through traps and a net, luring it with cheese and using their dog as a lookout. However, the boys prove no match for the mischievous elves, who cause quite the mess--squeezing out toothpaste and hair gel and ransacking bedrooms. Ben eventually runs outside in the cold wearing only a towel, which he promptly loses. Luckily, his brother is there to return it. The story is written using a simple rhyming structure, which adds a musical touch: "This Christmas Eve gift / is amazing, that's true. / But the boys know what's / coming: Elf hullabaloo!" Colorful illustrations vividly bring the action to life through detailed characters and elaborate backgrounds. The elves, hidden on all the pages (at the end of the book, the authors ask readers to count all the elves they've spotted), have playful, impish smiles, and where text appears, touches of red and green and holiday decorations adorn the pages. The downside of the rhyme scheme is its impact on dialogue: No dialogue tags are used, and two speakers are often found in the same stanza, so it can be unclear who's speaking. While the text is sparse on action--the only exciting scene being Ben chasing the elves outside--the charming illustrations make up for the lack of plot. A magical, wholesome Christmas read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482724622
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 10/17/2013
  • Pages: 42
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Voigt and Karen LoBello enjoyed bringing their family's PJ elf tradition to life in this rhyming children's picture book. The holiday season for their family started with the elves' arrival on Christmas Eve.

The authors are sisters with over 40 years of teaching experience between them.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

    We are proud to announce that THE GREAT PJ ELF CHASE: A CHRISTMA

    We are proud to announce that THE GREAT PJ ELF CHASE: A CHRISTMAS EVE TRADITION by Karen Lobello and Judy Voight is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

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    Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Great PJ E

    Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

    The Great PJ Elf Chase: A Christmas Eve Tradition by Judy Voigt and Karen LoBello is an endearing story for small kids with Christmas as the backdrop. The Christmas Eve tradition at the Taylor household is that when the boys go to take their baths, the PJ elves drop new pyjamas outside the bathroom door. The elves are smart and quick so that they are not caught. Will the Taylor brothers manage to catch them this time or will the elves give them a slip this time, too? Join in and savor the fun of a Christmas Eve tradition with the Taylor boys and the elves.

    The story captures the essence and colors of the Christmas season beautifully. The illustrations give wonderful support to the story. They are colorful and bright, giving movement and life to the characters and the events. It is hilarious to read about Ben and Jack trying to chase the PJ elves along with McGee. The fun moments are those when Ben loses his towel while trying to chase the elves. Kids will love the colors, the humor and the story. The book will make a good bedtime story book and can be used for story telling sessions in class rooms. The rhyming verses are very effective in conveying the tale to kids.

    The book is an entertaining read for children and it will capture their attention with the illustrations and the characters. The pop-up quiz at the end of the book makes it very interesting for kids.

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