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Review: Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise by Alicia Richardson

[ 3 ] November 19, 2012 |

Alicia Richardson, author of Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise, hopes that you’ll share in another of her family traditions. Support Kenya Keys as they build educational opportunities in rural Africa. For every book sold $1 will be donated to Kenya Keys.

Kenya Keys provides scholarships, builds schools and libraries, and creates leadership opportunities in an area where learning is as treasured as water. Kenya Keys has been helping African youth via educational outreach since 2005.

Reviewed by Nina Longfield

Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise by Alicia Richardson is a delightful and engaging story. In her book, Richardson has created a fresh new take on the Christmas magic genre with a tale that comes alive for a new generation. This is a story of enthusiastic acceptance of the Christmas magic, a yearning to believe, and one who has lost her sense of certainty. The story features the Harborsen children: Sophie, the youngest; Cooper, who is ten; and Izzie, who has just turned 13. This is important because the reader engages with the family and the different ways each regards Christmas and the existence, or not, of its magic.

The story begins at the North Pole with Kirby Puckernut. Kirby is an elf. Not just any elf, but an Els Mere elf who works in Santa Claus’ workshop. Kirby and his friends love to make new and interesting toys for boys and girls all over the world, but one day Kirby has his best idea ever. He tells Santa that the Els Mere elves should go live with families all over the world through the month of December to observe and better understand them, as well as to deliver Christmas magic. Santa Claus thinks this is a great idea and sends Kirby out to a special family to test out his new plan. Santa chooses the Harborsen family because their eldest daughter has turned thirteen and no longer believes in anything. This is a special chance for Kirby to work his Christmas magic in the hopes that the Harborsen family will rediscover the true magic of the holidays.

Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise is a well written and enjoyable story that anyone can take pleasure in reading. Richardson’s writing is engaging and thought provoking. The illustrations by Don Seegmiller are beautiful to look at and help to bring the story alive. Together, the story and illustrations create an escape into the Christmas magic that Kirby Puckernut delivers. Try a new tradition and invite Kirby into your home this holiday season!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

More Kirby Puckernut fun: Book Trailer | Facebook Page | Website 

Nina Longfield is a writer living in Oregon’s fertile wine country. When she is not reading or writing in her spare time, Nina enjoys hiking in the hills surrounding her cabin.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by MediaGuests. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Category: Ages 12 and Under, Children's Books, For Kids, Gift Ideas

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    Victoria Wynn says:

    Thank you for this beautiful review. I’m Alicia Richardson’s social engagement strategist and I myself have 5 kids so we’ve added the tradition in our home too! Its been a blast… Even have the Kirby figurine hiding throughout the house lol
    Thank you again! Email me if you have any questions or comments! -Victoria Wynn

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    Carol Wong says:

    This one is a winner, not only because it is beautiful book with a great story but because of the donation to Kenya Keys. If I had a child that age, I would definitely buy this book.

    Carol Wong

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    Colleen Turner says:

    This sounds like a delightful story! The cover is beautiful and the message is just so sweet and endearing. This would be perfect for my 7 year old, who still believes in all the magic of the holidays even as more and more of his classmates are losing that spark. Thanks for sharing!!!

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