Friday, December 14, 2018
Merry Christmas, Little Elliot, written and illustrated by Mike Curato. Henry Holt and Company, Macmillan. Raincoast. $23.50 ages 3 and up
Christmas spirit?" asked
"I don't know," said Mouse,
"but I will help you look!"
Elliot and Mouse looked for
the Christmas spirit at a show.
They went to see a beautiful
They even went sledding ... "
Mike Curato begins telling his Christmas story with the illustration of a young girl wanting to mail a red envelope. A turn to the title page shows the open flap of the mailbox, and the little one running to try to catch her envelope which has been blown away in the wind.
Turning to the story, we learn that Little Elliot cannot feel any excitement as Christmas approaches. His best friend, Mouse, does what best friends do. He takes Elliot to see Santa. Maybe that will perk him up. After waiting in a long line, Elliot knows what he will request from the big, jolly man.
"Could you give me the Christmas
spirit?" Elliot asked Santa.
"I'm afraid I can't give
that to you," said Santa.
"You have to find
Mouse leads on. Nothing works ... until that bright red envelope flies up and smacks Elliot right in the eye. It's a letter to Santa. They try to deliver it, but Santa has gone. Worried, Elliot opens the envelope and reads the letter. It sets the two off on an unforgettable adventure ... and a wish come true!
Beautiful, snowy scenes from New York City, appealing and familiar characters (if you are a fan of earlier Little Elliot books), and a heartfelt trip to bring happiness to a lonely little girl make this a delightful read at Christmastime.