Cover image for An elf for Christmas
Title:
An elf for Christmas
Author:
Garland, Michael, 1952-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 28 cm
Summary:
After falling asleep and being delivered along with a toy airplane on Christmas morning, a hard-working elf tries to make his way back to the North Pole.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 48266.
ISBN:
9780525462125
Format :
Book

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Summary

When Tingle, one of Santa's best workshop elves, is accidentally wrapped up with a toy airplane and delivered to a real, live boy on Christmas morning, the situation seems hopeless. With Santa too far away to help, Tingle worries that he will be trapped in the humans' house forever. But when the courageous little elf comes up with a wonderful, magical plan for escape, readers will find it hard to resist peeking ahead to see what happens. Tingle's thrilling journey back to the North Pole-as well as his joyous homecoming-have all the trappings of a Christmas classic.The captivating illustration by Michael Garland burst with color and movement . Infused with extravagant detail, warmth, and imagination, An Elf For Christmas will linger in the minds of readers long after all the ribbon and wrapping paper have been put away.


Author Notes

Author and illustrator Michael Garland was born in Manhattan in 1952. He studied art at Pratt Institute and soon after graduating, he sold his first illustration to True Confessions magazine. He has written or illustrated over 40 books.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. The understated title of this book and the cover illustration only hint at the grand adventure that unfolds inside. One Christmas Eve, Hieronimus Tingle, a diligent, hardworking elf, installs the steering controls on the last toy plane of the year, climbs in to admire his work, and promptly falls asleep. He awakens, disoriented, in the hands of a boy admiring his new plane from Santa. The rest of the book reveals a brave, resourceful Tingle journeying home to the North Pole. Despite the obstacles, Tingle is confident, and, as Santa says when Tingle makes it, "If there's no one around to help an elf, an elf should help himself." Garland's story is made vivid and memorable through his glowing paintings, which look computer enhanced and are filled with action and interesting perspectives. From the assembly-line scenes in Santa's workshop to Tingle's plane crashing and his ride on a polar bear's back, there is much for children to study and love, whether they believe in Santa Claus or not. --Kathy Broderick


Publisher's Weekly Review

While on the job in Santa's workshop, Tingle the elf climbs into the cockpit of a toy plane and falls asleep. Next thing he knows, he's being unwrapped on Christmas morning. Terrified and homesick, Tingle tries to fly home to the North Pole, crashes, but eventually reaches his destination with the help of a polar bear. As brightly colored as a string of Christmas tree lights, Garland's (The Mouse Before Christmas) oddly surreal computer-generated illustrations teeter on the edge of garish; the best thing about them is the 3D illusion they project. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Tingle, a hardworking but exhausted elf, falls asleep in a toy plane he has helped to complete. The toy is boxed and wrapped, and, on Christmas morning, Tingle finds himself face to face with an excited boy. After several hairy moments escaping the family dog, the elf manages to escape up a chimney and tries to fly the plane back to the North Pole. Another mishap occurs, but a friendly polar bear comes to the rescue and delivers Tingle to Santa's door. Garland's digitally painted illustrations have a commercial slickness, with bold, bright colors that grab viewers' attention. Tingle is an appealing little guy, with an oversized head and pointed chin and ears. Despite the visual appeal, though, Garland's story is slightly stale, with problems easily solved and relatively few surprises. Ultimately, the text serves as a vehicle to showcase the vibrant pictures.-M.M.H. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.