The familiar Christmas poem is creatively illustrated with photographs of scenes composed almost entirely of Lego building bricks.
The first pages show the main room of the house with a decorated Christmas tree and a fireplace hung with red stockings. (The tiny Christmas stockings are made from felt rather than building bricks.) The family members are the familiar, yellow-skinned Lego construction-set characters. A snowy scene of Santa’s arrival works well enough, with white bricks serving as snow and little houses with red roofs standing out against the white expanse. Santa and his sleigh float through the sky realistically, but the reindeer don’t really seem to take flight as their legs are stationary. The reindeer antlers are made of white building bricks that look nothing like antlers. Some of the scenes are successful constructions, as when the father looks out the open window or Santa places toys under the tree. The more complicated scenes, however, become a dizzying mass of Legos that lacks focus and dimension due to the lack of depth inherent in the medium. Children who love their Legos may find this interpretation of the holiday story interesting, and some may use this as a guideline to construct similar holiday scenes.
Most children will be better served by one of the more traditional versions of the holiday poem, as there are many superbly illustrated editions and amusing parodies to suit any taste. (Picture book. 4-8)