27235566by Simone Mets, Jana Pivkova (Illustrator)

Published October 19th 2015 by Simone Mets

3.5 Stars

Synopsis: A very, very, very, bad storm hits the North Pole. Santa’s workshop is very, very, very badly damaged. Urgent! “Dear Santa” letters marked with a tiny note are returned to children, both naughty and nice. The richest man in the world flies to the rescue, but his solutions simply don’t work. He is stumped! Will Christmas wishes go undelivered for the first time ever? Or will someone unstumpable come up with an answer?

My Review: A cute Christmas Story that sends the message that it is better to give than to receive. When there is a very bad storm in the North Pole that causes major damage to Santa’s Workshop, Santa has to cancel Christmas wishes from him for the year. This causes a lot of anguish and Mr. Stump, who believes he is unstumpable, steps up to solve the problem. Unfortunately, he is finally stumped. It is the children, led by Ava, who figure out how they can answer the wishes of the children. There is the usual selfish, rich kid, who sees the light at the end of the story. I am disappointed by the illustrations. There were some background images, such as snowflakes and the children’s giving hands, but being as the story is geared to children, I think illustrations could have added a lot to the story. I believe that anyone who reads this book whether alone or aloud to others, can gain from being reminded of the important message of this book. A good book for anyone who celebrates the Santa/gift giving aspect of Christmas without the religious aspect thrown in. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.