Monday, December 13, 2021

Once Upon a Christmas, written by Dawn Young, art by Kenneth Anderson

If you are looking for something a bit different in a holiday story for kids, this is it. Young has created a fun mix of characters and story line loosely based on the fairy tale of the three bears. The three bears plan a Christmas party and invite all their fairy tale friends. When Rapunzel tumbles onto Jack Frost, the wind gets knocked out of him, downing an incoming Santa into a lagoon. Santa finally finds dry clothes just right and elicits the party goers to rescue his sleigh. The Not-So-Bad-Big-Wolf blows the sleigh dry and, well, you get the idea.

This is a fun holiday story having the good message of cooperation. There are unicorns and giants and dragons and little green men. They all work together to get a task accomplished. Children who are familiar with characters like the Gingerbread Man and Little Red Riding Hood will have fun recognizing them in this story.

While this book has nothing to do with the origin of Christmas, it is an entertaining story with lots of fairy tale characters and a good message.

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My rating: 4/5 stars.

Dawn Young is the author of four picture books, including the Night Baafore series with WorthyKids. She has a degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA; she worked for many years for a large aerospace company. She is a member of SCBWI and many other children's writing groups. She lives in Glendale, Arizona.

Kenneth Anderson is an illustrator and character designer based in the UK. He has worked in games development, animation, and character set design for children's television shows, in addition to illustration work. He lives in Glasgow, UK.

WorthyKids, 32 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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