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Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf: Santa's Izzy Elves #4 Paperback – August 7, 2014
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"...a highly original and wonderfully developed children's book that is sure to be a big hit around the holidays. Including elements that will appeal to young girls and boys alike, Jensen's narrative rhymes the whole way through...the rhymes do not seem forced and fit into the story perfectly... full color images are superbly done, with depth and details that lets us see Frizzy and her other elf friends...with a creative and engaging story, Jensen has succeeded at crafting a memorable Christmas story for children that is so good it's possible it will be enjoyed year round." -Red City Review
About the Author
Dorothea Jensen was born in Boston, and grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. (This is the same little town where Johnston McCulley, the writer who created Zorro, grew up many years earlier.) She majored in English Literature at Carleton College and earned a masters degree in Secondary Education at the University of New Mexico. She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, tutored refugees in ESL, taught junior high and high school English, and written grant proposals for arts organization. She and her husband have three grown children and six grandsons.
Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf was Dorothea's first illustrated story in verse, which she wrote for families to read aloud with their elementary school-aged children. She has now completed three sequels: Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf; Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf; and Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf. Modeled on the 19th century classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas", these story poems feature decidedly 21st century elves. The Tizzy and Blizzy stories are recipients of a 2013 Mom's Choice Award in the e-book category. The Dizzy book was "Story Monster Approved" in May, 2014 and received a 2014 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention in the Picture Books Age 6 &Older category. The Frizzy story is the first place children's book winner in the new Red City Review Book Awards. It also is a 2014 Santa Choice Award Winner. Santa's Izzy Elves stories are available in fully illustrated e-book and trade paperback editions, and as downloadable and CD audiobooks narrated by the author herself. Dorothea plans to write a story for each of the remaining Izzy Elves -- Bizzy,Whizzy, Fizzy, and Quizzy.
In addition to writing about the Izzy elves, Dorothea has written two award-winning historical novels for young readers, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm and A Buss From Lafayette.
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This is a clever rhyming story about a sweet girl elf named Frizzy who spends the year creating beautiful dolls at Santa's workshop for kids to enjoy! But what Frizzy finds is that she has gotten attached to the dolls she has created. Then on Christmas morning, when she finds all the dolls have been taken away, she becomes S.A.D. S.A.D. stands for Seasonal Affection Distress. Hating the feeling, Frizzy decides that she is going to change her job. One where she doesn't like the toy so she won't get attached. With her friends support, she finds a job making monster trucks. But what Frizzy finds is that no matter what she works on, a part of her gets attached to her creations. In the end, Santa Claus (S.C. as he is referred to in the story) comes up with a solution where he allows Frizzy and all the elves to keep one toy from their creations, so no one experiences S.A.D..
I'm not a hundred percent sure what lesson the author was trying to teach. At first, I thought it was how easy it is for people to get attached to their creations. I know I do! I have the hardest time selling my hand painted wine glasses. But once I do, it brings so much joy to me to see someone else really appreciating my creative art piece. In this story, the solution in the end, didn't reflect that. Instead, Frizzy got to keep one of her dolls.
Even though there wasn't a clear learning lesson, it still is such a cute rhyming story that brings a different spin to one of Santa's elves lives. Kids love Christmas stories! Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf is a great Christmas gift!
Frizzy can think of no other remedy to help her situation, so she decides to ask Santa to swap jobs in the workshop. Surely if she made Monster Trucks, Frizzy would not love them so much and miss them so much when she has to part with them.
All was going to plan, but Frizzy's creative side could not be stifled and she ended up beautifying her Monster trucks with unicorns and rainbows. Oh dear, everyone warned Frizzy that it simply must stop, as the children of the world would not stand for pretty monster trucks.
Well, how wrong they were, when the little girls of the world loved their dazzling monster trucks, but alas, Frizzy began to miss her creations yet again. This time she decides to make over all her friends, but the elves were not quite on the same page as Frizzy, and they all wanted their old styles back. Oh dear what will be done, Santa of course, suggests a great remedy. Frizzy returns to beatifying her dolls but the end of each season to combat the SAD, Santa declares that the elves can choose one very favourite toy as their own. Frizzy no longer has to part with all her beloved dolls, and none of the elves are SAD anymore.
A delightful story that touches on the issue of loss and how one little elf does her very best to tackle it. The rhyme was fun, and the illustrations were lovely. I believe this will appeal to the older end of the picture books spectrum, (ages 5-8,) as the kids journey with Frizzy along her path to regain her happiness.
We are introduced to Frizzy in the book, being upset that the dolls that she creates each year are taken away by Santa Claus (or S.C, as he is fondly called by all) to distribute to kids on Christmas. The problem was she was getting way too attached to her creations. She was suffering from S.A.D, which stands for Seasonal Affection Distress!. Finally she decides to try decorating things she thought she wouldn’t get attached to. But she has this need to ‘prettify’ everything and that makes her all the more sad.
What I loved the most about this book is that the entire thing is written in rhymes!. Sometimes you read rhymes and end up thinking how familiar it sounds and how cliche certain rhyming word combinations are. However, in this book, the author keeps it real fresh and it’s a delight reading it. Also, the elves are so high tech!. They upload photos of the toys they make and children have the option to add it to their wishlist. What a novel idea!.
Frizzy’s friends are all nice and supportive. S.C is so laid back and understanding. He solves Frizzy’s S.A.D syndrome and makes her happy. This is a very cute book that will capture the attention of little readers and make them fall in love with the rhymes. Every now and then there are very beautiful illustrations by talented Shayne Hood.
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