Thursday, December 19, 2013

Back to Christmas by Dennis Canfield

Now this is a different Christmas story, very different.  I like it.  The Krumwerth family is just about to hit their third year of naughty on Santa's list.  If they get marked again as a negative family, they'll be subject to acting like Grinches on Christmas.  And it will get worse each year...

Smith Publicity let me download an ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It was published November 30th, so you can buy in ebook, print book or audio book form.

Marmel the elf has been in charge of the Christmas list of naughty and nice for years.  After all, he's had 107 years to do this job.  The fact that he might be losing his own Christmas spirit is unthinkable.  However, Santa is beginning to wonder.  So he sends him to the South Pole and RC.  RC is Reverse Claus, you see.  He wears green.  His flight crew is penguins instead of reindeer.  And he helps with impossible causes.

The Krumwerth family has done what many families have done now.  They each do their own thing and ignore each other.  They all have electronic devices they can't live without.  And Christmas is just one more holiday to get through.  This year it's going to be a lot harder to get through than they can imagine...

Marmel really doesn't want to help them; he thinks they deserve their punishment.  The fact that he's losing more spirit by the minute and might be an outcast elf having to live in the real world is a threat, but he doesn't think it applies to him.  Wrong...

The Krumwerth's are stubborn and don't want to change either.  One disaster after another really doesn't leave them any choice.  But will it be enough?

I enjoyed reading this.  It's a good Christmas fantasy that ends happy ever after.  Reading it out loud a bit before Christmas would be fun.  The audio book would be great fun to listen to, I'm sure.  Mr. Canfield put enough characters in here to have lots of different voices on the audio.

Why not work on getting your Christmas spirit back, too?

Happy reading.

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