written by Harry Connick, Jr., illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Interest Level: Grades K-2
Reviewed from purchased copy.
BLURB: Eubie is the happiest elf at the North Pole. More than anything else, he longs to be a part of Santa’s sleigh team. Instead, he’s stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Until one Christmas Eve he sees something strange: In the whole town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice. So with a pinch of elfish magic and a magical whoosh, Eubie’s off to Bluesville. But can he turn a whole town of naughty children nice in just one day?
The things I liked about this book were:
- the illustrations are adorable. The characters are round and cheerful and appealing. The bright colors contrast nicely with the 'sad' parts. The illustrations do a nice job of providing the mood behind the story.
- the theme of happiness and helping others be happy can be the best gift of all.
- the music. The book comes with a CD with the author singing the song upon which the story is based. It is a fun, toe-tapping song.
- the elf cheering up an entire town by himself is not completely believable.
- Santa getting upset with Eubie for using his magic hat to travel to Bluesville to cheer the place up.
- the story is a tad wordy for a read-a-loud, especially for the younger crowd who are most likely to like this story.