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Title:
Memoirs of an elf
Author:
Scillian, Devin, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Summary:
""Under Spark Elf's direction, Santa delivers presents in the allotted twenty-four hours only to arrive at the North Pole with a stowaway in the toy bag, a family's beloved dog"--
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Ages 4-7.

AD 600 Lexile.
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ISBN:
9781585369102
Format :
Book

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It's Christmas Eve and Spark Elf has the very important job of keeping Santa Claus on schedule as he travels the globe in 24 hours delivering presents. Small in stature with pointy ears and stopwatch in hand, Spark lets Santa know it's time to go. He programs the GPS while the other elves secure the toy bag and check the Nice list. Little known fact: We don't even bring the Naughty list with us. Six hours into the trip Santa, sleigh and crew begin to fall behind--so many cuddly doggies to pet and extra cookies to eat. The jolly group makes up time in Brazil and soon find themselves back at the North Pole. Their work is done. But wait, there's something left in the bag--but it isn't a present at all--it's a family dog! Well known fact: Santa gives things away. He does not take things! Momma Claus comes to the rescue with a plan to get the dog back to his family. Can Santa return the family's beloved pooch in time to keep their Christmas merry?


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Scillian and Bowers return to the format they introduced in Memoirs of a Goldfish, delivering a tech-savvy elf's by-the-minute chronicle of Santa's Christmas Eve journey around the world, which involves texting with Santa ("Time to fly, big guy!") and snapping multiple "elfies" to commemorate the occasion. Bowers's high-energy illustrations show the sleigh soaring above snow-covered neighborhood, as well as scenes of a rather dotty, dilly-dallying Santa: "Starting to worry about falling behind," reports the elf. "Santa always wants to stop and pet every dog." A canine stowaway presents an amusing quandary and a light message about the meaning of the holiday. It's a lighthearted diversion with a few modern twists for readers who wonder if Santa uses GPS. Ages 6-9. Illustrator's agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Armed with a smart phone for texting, navigating via GPS, and using the camera feature to take an "elfie" of himself and his crew before taking off with Santa on Christmas Eve, Spark is truly a millennial elf. At times, his Type A personality surfaces whenever it seems that Santa is falling behind schedule, but Sparks' heart, following truisms like "No Santa, no Christmas," is in the right place. After Tugboat, an adorable stowaway dog, accidentally hitches a ride to the North Pole, Spark witnesses the heartwarming, more-important-than-Santa side of the holiday when they reunite Tugboat with his family. Cartoon illustrations blend the modern and festive well (the microphone on Spark's headset is red-and-white striped and his phone is holly leaf green), making the book as a whole appeal to children regardless of their tech savvy.-Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.