Friday, December 17, 2021

Review - Naughty or Nice?

Naughty or Nice?

by Erin Rose Wage
illustrated by Alex Willmore
Date: 2021
Publisher: Phoenix International Publications, Inc.
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 20
Format: e-book
Source: library

Little Nora Elf is full of fun and mischief when she tags along with Santa Claus! Find out how she turns Christmas Eve traditions upside down in this yuletide tale of opposites! This sweet (and silly!) Santa story spreads holiday cheer and helps your little elf build language and thinking skills by showcasing opposites.

(synopsis from Amazon; see it on Goodreads)

I guess this was trying to show opposites, but it's kind of an annoying story about Santa Claus bringing a naughty elf with him who just wreaks havoc while he's trying to do all his duties on Christmas Eve.

The story is told in rhyme, but the poetry plays fast and loose with the metre. I'm not a fan.

I guess I just don't understand why Santa would bring along an elf who spreads soot everywhere, makes a ton of noise, and gorges herself into a food coma with cookies that weren't even meant for her. Yeah, she's naughty. But why is Santa putting up with it?

I don't get it.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: 2/5
Writing: 2/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.14 out of 5

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