THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE OF SPACE ELF SAM by Audrey Wood

THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE OF SPACE ELF SAM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From the Toy Story school of 3-D computer animation comes this intergalactic Christmas drama from Wood (Sweet Dream Pie, p. 120, etc.) and son. The time is the future, when humans have colonized other planets and Santa needs a team of delivery agents to distribute his Yuletide goodies. Space Elf Sam is charged by Santa to get Christmas presents to Alpha One--a space colony that has just come to Santa's attention--even though the hour is late. A bit of a hotshot, Sam tries to peel some light years off his destination by warping through a hydrogen cloud, but only succeeds in damaging his spaceship. He makes an emergency landing on the unexplored planet of Gore. The Gommers' apparent menace turns out to be a case of xenophobia, and when Sam is brought before the king and queen, he explains Christmas and helps the Gommers concoct their own holiday ceremony with the help of some Teebles (trees), Zogs (ornamental critters), and Winky-Winks (twinkling lights). Despite all delays, Sam arrives at Alpha One on time. The pleasures of giving is a message worn on the sleeve here; the energy of the text is duplicated (and sometimes bested) by the illustrations. They have an electric palette just this side of garish, will make readers want to reach inside the pages and pull the characters out, and vastly reward rereadings.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Blue Sky/Scholastic