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3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic illustrations, just okay storytelling, November 6, 2011
This review is from: Home for Christmas (Hardcover)
Home for Christmas tells the story of a naughty troll who doesn't want to do his chores. After a brief visit to some other families (owls,otters, moose, and bears), he learns that his family was pretty great after all! When he learns his lesson and loses his tail, something that happens to all GOOD, helpful little trolls, he joins his family for a lavish Christmas celebration that is beautifully illustrated with Brett's trademark detail.

It's impossible to look at a Jan Brett creation and not marvel at the artistic skill on display. The illustrations for Home for Christmas are as beautiful as ever, with enough sidebars, embellishments and flourishes to keep kids coming back for more. Unfortunately the storytelling is not all that spectacular or original, so this is not one of my Brett favorites. Our troll learns a good lesson, and it is a heartwarming tale for Christmas, but it just didn't have the impact I was expecting. This is a must have for the Brett enthusiasts out there, just not my first choice for Christmas.
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Initial post: Dec 10, 2011 1:23:58 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 10, 2011 1:26:30 PM PST
Red says:
Your review is well-said. I agree that this is a gorgeous book that I pre-ordered and couldn't wait for it to come out, but I too, would say that it's a lovely tale that's a must-have for Jan Brett enthusiasts like me - it's just not my #1 choice in my huge collection of Jan Brett books.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 9:08:08 AM PST
Which would be your first choice for Christmas? I want to buy one for my grandson. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 10:07:40 AM PST
J. Prather says:
Hi Red,
Thanks for the kind words. Even though this one was not my favorite, I still look forward to each new Brett release!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 10:18:48 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2011 2:40:54 PM PST
J. Prather says:
Hi Vicky!
It's so hard to pick just one, since so much depends on age and tastes, but if I had to choose, I would direct you to books by Olivier Dunrea. Last year he came out with a beautiful winter story called Old Bear and his Cub and this year followed it up with A Christmas Tree for Pyn. Both are excellent. If you are looking for something with more of a religious theme, I really enjoyed this year's One Starry Night by Lauren Thompson and Listen To The Silent Night by Dandi Daley Mackall. Both are excellent re-tellings of the First Christmas Night perfect for preschoolers. If you need something just for fun, look at Doug Cushman's Christmas Eve Goodnight. It's full of snowmen, elves, reindeer and all those other great Christmas things and has a great read aloud flow. If you just need a great picture book to give as a gift no matter what the theme, you can't go wrong with Eric Carle's The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse. And finally, a great gift book that just re-inforces how much we love our kids is Nancy Tillman's The Crown on Your Head.

Probably much more than you wanted to know! Hope this little list was helpful!

Edited to add: I just realized you weren't really asking me that question, you were asking Red. Sorry... how embarrassing!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 3:27:05 PM PST
I was asking whomever would answer me. I really appreciate all the help!!! You sound like Kathleen Kelly in "You've Got Mail." You know lots about children's books. Thank you again. All of them good and I can't decide which I want to buy. Merry Christmas!!!
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