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A WISH FOR ELVES by Mark Gonyea


by Mark Gonyea, illustrated by Mark Gonyea

Age Range: 4 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 28th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8814-4
Publisher: Henry Holt

The picture book takes graphic-novel form with a minimalist story about a boy who wishes he had his own set of elves to do his bidding. Santa’s elves hear his wish and, with the help of a bright star, somehow transport themselves into the boy’s life. The elves do the boy’s chores and homework but in comically unreliable fashion, so then he has a new problem: how to rid himself of the increasing annoying elves. (An irate Santa arrives to solve that issue.) The illustrations are laid out in sequential, mostly wordless panels, with the story conveyed through the art, speech balloons (mostly funny elf comments) and signs and posters. A limited palette of reds, greens and yellow and simple shapes provide a sharp, contemporary look that will appeal to older children with limited reading skills. (Picture book. 4-10)