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Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf: Santa's Izzy Elves #1 Paperback – September 24, 2013
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About the Author
Dorothea Jensen, born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. She majored in English Literature at Carleton College. After graduation, she taught high school English, then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America. Later she earned a masters degree in Secondary Education at the University of New Mexico. She has lived in many places, including: Massachusetts, Illinois, Minnesota, Brazil, Tennessee, New Mexico, Virginia, the Netherlands, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. She has three grown children and six grandsons. She is also the author of THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, an award-winning novel about the American Revolution for young readers. Named a Teachers Choice Selection by the International Reading Association soon after publication, it is read in classrooms throughout the U.S. It also won a first prize in the historical fiction category of the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Award. Dorothea hugely enjoys writing and reading aloud stories in verse. She tells her grandsons (who "star" in some of the stories) that she has eight elves in her head telling her what to write down. This is not far from the truth. Four of the stories dictated by the elves have been finished; four more are in the works. Dorothea's second historical novel for young readers, called A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, was released in 2016 by BQB Publishing. It is set in 1825 in the small town in New Hampshire where she has lived since 1991. This story has won numerous awards. For more information, go to abussfromlafayette.com. In addition to writing, Dorothea is an experienced actress and singer. She performed with the Ex Machina Baroque Opera Company in Minneapolis, and also played most of the Gilbert and Sullivan battle-ax contralto and ingenue mezzo roles with companies in Philadelphia and Minneapolis. The last time she played a ditzy G & S teenager was when she was 44, which required a wig, contact lenses, false eyelashes, and plenty of make up! She has narrated her Izzy Elves stories for audiobooks, available at Amazon.com, Audible.com, and iTunes.
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They are even more surprised to discover a tiny elf, Tizzy – one of S.C.’s (i.e., Santa Claus) elves – who was accidentally packed into a present. Alex and Owen try a number of ways to return Tizzy to his home, but they soon discover that there is magic deep within the pages of books. The boys must hurry though, as they hear their parents coming down the stairs, and they are about to unknowingly place Tizzy in grave danger.
What I love the most about Tizzy, The Christmas Shelf Elf is that it is a true “read-aloud” story. While the book is indeed illustrated beautifully by Michelle Alfonso. I think children will be totally captivated by the story. There are some funny passages such as when the boys mistake Tizzy for a mouse and Tizzy gets chased by characters in the video game. The author also provides some tension to the story such as when the parents throw the packing fluff into the fire and the boys are afraid that this spells the end for Tizzy. All in all, this rhyming book is perfect for reading aloud to children of varying ages.
I do feel I have to provide a bit of a warning. The word density on each page is very high (i.e., approximately 30 lines of rhyming text on each page) such that it does take a few minutes to read each page. All in all, the story is much longer than the original poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas”. That being said, the story is very engaging and I do believe it will easily capture children’s imaginations as it is read to them. I do, however, wonder if a child sitting down to read it by themselves will keep their interest throughout. Read it aloud!!
My Bottom Line:
Tizzy, The Christmas Shelf Elf is a clever read-aloud story featuring two excited siblings who sneak down early Christmas morning and discover a very special surprise. Only through their discovery of the magic of books do they find a way to send Tizzy back home. Kudos to the author for highlighting the importance of books! I recommend this book to be read aloud to children ages 5 and older.
* I was given this book free-of-charge by the author in exchange for our honest opinion. All opinions expressed are our own.