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Rudolph Shines Again

by Robert L. May, Antonio Javier Caparo (Illustrator)

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The original follow-up to the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—written in verse by his creator, Robert L. May—now with charming new illustrations!

Every year at Christmastime, everyone—young and old alike—has one catchy, joy-inspiring song stuck in their heads: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!” Now fans of the


The original follow-up to the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—written in verse by his creator, Robert L. May—now with charming new illustrations!

Every year at Christmastime, everyone—young and old alike—has one catchy, joy-inspiring song stuck in their heads: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!” Now fans of the most famous reindeer of all can travel to the North Pole again in this enchanting and uplifting holiday story, written by Robert L. May in 1939.

It’s another dark, snowy Christmas Eve and Santa needs Rudolph to guide his sleigh. But Rudolph’s nose has lost its bright red glow! Certain there’s no way he’ll be of any use to Santa this Christmas, Rudolph runs away. But on his journey, something magical happens—by helping strangers in need, Rudolph rediscovers his inner light and becomes a hero once more!

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Publishers Weekly
Caparo follows his 2014 reimagining of May’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with a handsomely illustrated sequel, originally published in 1954. Rudolph is once again ostracized by his peers and assigned the worst tasks in Santa’s workshop, and his confidence plummets: “ ‘Oh poor little me,’ he would pity and pout./ Till one day the light in his nose just went out!” Determined to start anew, Rudolph runs away and lands in a forest, where he rescues a pair of lost rabbit siblings and soars home in time to guide Santa’s sleigh through snow and fog once more. There are some clumsy lines as the story unfolds (“Just picture the Mother and Dad Rabbits’ joy,/ When Rudolph brought back both their girl and their boy!”), but Caparo’s images are again distinguished by cinematic stagings and dramatic lighting. Ages 4–6. Illustrator’s agency: Shannon Associates. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—May penned the original tale of the plucky reindeer with the shining nose for the Montgomery Ward department stores to give away to customers in 1939, and it became a huge hit. In 1954 he published the sequel, originally titled Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Shines Again. A Little Golden Book version was also published in 1982. It's Christmas again, and Rudolph is having a hard time. His fellow reindeer and the elves are all jealous of him and treat him badly, which causes him to sulk and whine, and suddenly, his nose stops glowing. Thoroughly disheartened, he runs off to the woods, where he encounters a large and unhappy rabbit family, worried about their two missing children. Rudolph offers to search and uses his eyes and ears to avoid predators and find the lost bunnies. After he safely returns them, he decides to go back and help Santa any way he can, and because he's given up his whining and weeping, by the time he gets back to the North Pole, his glow has returned. Caparo's painterly illustrations are both lush and Disney-esque, and even the darkest images gleam with an internal light. Parents and grandparents will most appreciate the very evident moral of the tale. VERDICT An old-fashioned holiday story, presented in a most cinematic way.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Children's Literature
The weatherman says there'll be snow on Christmas Eve. Of course Santa wants Rudolph to guide his sleigh. The other reindeer, jealous of Rudolph, are very mean to him. Rudolph worries, weeps, whines and feels so sorry for himself that his nose stops shining. Without his glowing nose, Rudolph decides that he is no longer of any use and runs away. Miles and miles from the North Pole, Rudolph comes upon a strange sight-hundreds of rabbits crying and calling for two of their children who are lost in the forest. Forgetting that he no longer has a shiny nose to help him find his way, Rudolph dashes into the dark woods. No matter! Rudolph's nose may not shine, but it is still a good sniffer, and he still has sharp ears. Rudolph finds the lost bunnies and carries them home to a joyous reunion with their family. Does it come as any surprise that Rudolph realizes that even with a dull nose he can help Santa? He speedily returns to the North Pole-even though there is the heaviest snowstorm and fog of the season. How is that possible? Young readers will easily come up with the reason. Predictably once Rudolph stops thinking of himself-and weeping and whining, the light in his nose has again started shining!" A sequel to the original story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer written in 1939. The first story became a classic; it is unlikely that this one will. 2003, Penguin Young Readers Group/Grosset and Dunlap, Ages 3 to 7.
— Anita Barnes Lowen

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4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Robert L. May created Rudolph in 1939, when his company, the Montgomery Ward department stores, asked him to write a Christmas story that they could give away to customers. Drawing on the tale of “The Ugly Duckling,” Mr. May penned the story of a sweet, homely reindeer shunned because of his glowing red nose. Little did he know his creation was destined to become a Christmas holiday classic. Over the next few years, the company distributed millions of copies of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The book’s copyright was transferred to Mr. May in 1947, and under his ownership, Rudolph’s popularity soared. Commercial printings and cartoons quickly followed, and then, of course, came the song, which secured Rudolph’s place in Christmas history, and in our hearts, forever. Robert L. May died in 1976.

Antonio Javier Caparo is a Cuban-born illustrator and designer. Although much of his early career was spent in graphic design, his passion for animation and comics led him to devote himself to illustration—both traditional and digital. He has been published around the world and has won numerous awards in multiple countries. He lives in Quebec, Canada.

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