Thursday, December 8, 2011
This one's a lot like A Christmas Tree for Pyn, in that it's about a big person, a small person, and a Christmas tree. The Christmas Giant's illustrations are almost as cute, but it doesn't have the family bonding that the other book does. I think this one's quite a bit easier for smaller kids to follow, though.
So. There's this giant, Humphrey. And there's his elf friend, Leetree. They're in charge of making all of the wrapping paper for Santa's workshop, and they do a great job. Then one year, Santa asks them to grow the huge Christmas tree for Christmastown next year. Humphrey and Leetree spend all year growing an excellent tree, then they package it up and start their journey to give the tree to Santa. But...that doesn't exactly go as planned, and they're left with no tree for Christmas. What will they do?! Don't worry, they come up with a creative solution, and Christmastown gets a tree after all.
I liked this story, but I didn't love it. It's not quite as magical as some of the other books we've read. It's still a nice little Christmas-y story, though.
The Christmas GiantWritten and illustrated by Steve Light
Age range*: 4-6
My rating: 3 stars [out of five]
*Age ranges are very flexible.
Full disclosure: I don't receive any compensation for reviewing children's books--the books are usually just checked out from the local library.