THE LAST CHRISTMAS PRESENT by Matt Novak

THE LAST CHRISTMAS PRESENT

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A thoroughly contemporary twist on an old theme: little Irwin, in informal green and a peaked cap, is incessantly bossed by three big elves in suits and bowlers. When Santa forgets one present, it's Irwin who resourcefully harnesses a dog to his small sled and sets off through ``unexplored territory'' (a satisfyingly risky area with chasms, wolves, sharks, and similar amusements), catching up with Santa just as he realizes he's short one gift. Reward: the little elf gets a new office and a new title--``the boss.'' As he did in Elmer Blunt's Open House (1992), Novak tells the story mostly with his tidy, comical illustrations, in deftly designed, creatively varied comic-strip frames. Fans of Raymond Briggs's Father Christmas (1973) will be delighted to discover this new treat. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-531-05495-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1993




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