Valentine Sheldon

Valentine D’Arcy Sheldon received a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College, a Master’s degree from the Tisch School of the Arts and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He works as a television producer and editor. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters along with his two beloved vizslas. ‘The Christmas Tree Elf’ is his first book.


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"The gorgeous illustrations of Santa, Mrs. Claus, their dog, Blazer, and the pointy hatted elves will make older readers pore over the details, and young readers will be delighted by the story. A promising debut that families that celebrate Christmas will likely enjoy."

Kirkus Reviews


AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

Feathered Quill Book Award - Best Illustrated Children's Book - Silver , 2014: THE CHRISTMAS TREE ELF

Mom's Choice Award, 2014: THE CHRISTMAS TREE ELF

IndieReader Discovery Award, 2014: THE CHRISTMAS TREE ELF

National Indie Excellence Award, 2014: THE CHRISTMAS TREE ELF

Next Generation Indie Book Award, 2014: THE CHRISTMAS TREE ELF

The San Francisco Book Review, 2013

Feathered Quill Review, 2013

30 Great Christmas Books To Read This Season, 2013

Bookviews by Alan Caruba, 2013

Desert News, 2013

Happiness Is A book, 2013

Allbooks Reviews, 2013

Unorthodox Mama, 2013

Desert News, 2013

Hometown Portland, Maine


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

CHILDREN'S & TEEN
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-0991038305
Page count: 40pp

A debut children’s story about how elves came to work for Santa.

One evening, Santa and Mrs. Claus walk through the Christmas Tree Forest together and decide that they’d like to have a tree inside their home. They decorate the first indoor Christmas tree, but because they don’t know proper tree care, it catches fire and endangers Santa’s Christmas preparations. The tragedy would have set Santa’s overloaded schedule back further if not for the appearance of a magical Christmas tree elf, nicknamed Blink, who teaches the Clauses how to safely take care of their tree. He and other elves want to be useful, so Santa enlists them to help build toys in his workshop, but they also have another mission—to take care of all the trees that come from the Christmas Tree Forest. “Every home should have a Christmas tree,” Blink tells Santa, and every tree must have an elf to look after it. The gorgeous illustrations of Santa, Mrs. Claus, their dog, Blazer, and the pointy-hatted elves will make older readers pore over the details, and young readers will be delighted by the story. However, children who read the book may want their own toy elf to tend the tree in their home, similar to the tradition created by the popular 2005 book The Elf on the Shelf. Fortunately, the book stands on its own without a potential toy, and it’s worth reading for the brightly colored, painterly pictures alone. The story’s lesson may also help get children involved in taking care of indoor Christmas trees—rather than forgetting about them after they’re decorated.

A promising debut that families that celebrate Christmas will likely enjoy.

Blink The Most Famous Elf Ever