I always try to find a couple new Christmas books for the library every winter, and this year I found one which is really fun!
“When Santa Was a Baby” by Linda Bailey & Genevieve Godbout is a very sweet imagining of what Santa might have been like when he was younger. From laughing with a hearty “Ho, ho ho!” as an infant, to giving away his birthday presents as a young child, to his strange fascination with chimneys, this book attempts to explain how Santa became the jolly man who gives away presents every year at Christmas!
This book has been sitting beside my bed for months. I’d start it, and then put it down, even though I wasn’t minding it. Jess and her best friend Casey are counselors at a summer camp. One of their charges, Stephanie, has serious behavioural issues and incessantly challenges the two girls. When Stephanie turns up murdered, Casey is charged with the crime and Jess is more concerned with her own issues than those of her now-former friend. The plot line of the book is compelling, but I found some of the characters extremely frustrating. Jess is a spineless girl who will do anything to hang out in the cool crowd. Casey is the most intriguing, but I felt like I didn’t really get to understand her personality.
But…I still enjoyed the book and I am a big fan of Ellis. Trying to make sense of the dynamics of friendship and the confusion of people’s intentions are the best reasons for reading this book. And I like both of those topics, so I’d still recommend it.
Hmmmm…I read this for the Book Club. It is not my “type” of book as I’m not a huge fan of fantasy. However, I enjoyed the style of the writing which made me feel like I was reading a book from my childhood. The language seemed older and more formal. There is no doubt that I became more empathetic with the main character as I read and I couldn’t help but feel for that poor elephant. Personally, I preferred The One and Only Ivan for an elephant book.