Book of the Week: The Little Red Elf

The Little Red Elf by Barbara Barbieri McGrath Illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet

Published: Charlesbridge Publishing 2010

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

It’s a fresh retelling of the Little Red Hen – instead of lazy farm animals, this retelling features a lazy reindeer (who likes to lay in the hay and dream of carrots), a little blue penguin (who likes to relax in a bath), and a lazy hare (who likes to pass the days by hibernating in front of the fire)

I love how they work in a just a workshop, not Santa’s workshop. I think this aspect makes the book appealing to younger and even older children.

The Little Red Elf is darling! She’s sweet, well-mannered, and patient.

Unlike her workshop mates, she’s not lazy. In fact she’s the busiest one of them all, and she loves keeping busy.

I love how dedicated she is to the workshop, and how much pride she takes in what she does within it. I think this shows readers to do things that will make you proud of yourself, and to do the things in life you love more.

I love how, at one moment in the book, the reindeer is wearing a cowboy get-up, while the penguin looks as if he’s on the three musketeers – he even has a sword!

The Little Red Elf really knows how to get everyone’s attention.

The author paid close attention to all the details featured in the book – even the littlest of details. For example, when the Little Red Elf is planting the pine cone, underneath the ground there’s a workshop – only mice dwell within it.

These little details made the book even more enjoyable. And it’s certain to be something every reader will pick up on.

I love how the message is not to take advantage of people, especially people who go out-of-the-way to make something more enjoyable, not for themselves but for everyone involved.

Even the Little Red Elf has a breaking point, and it shows that it’s okay to have a mini meltdown, it’s even needed sometimes.

The illustrations compliment the overall story, and a beautifully drawn.

The illustrations is what makes this book feel like a real winter story.

I can’t say it because I don’t want to give away the ending, but I will say this: It’s clever and I love it! It left me laughing.

I love how this book shows patience, and what it’s like to loose patience.

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