Russell's Christmas Magic

Rob Scotton, Author, Rob Scotton, Illustrator . HarperCollins $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-059854-9

Would that all sheep were as cute as Russell, the stocking-capped insomniac of Frogsbottom Field. After witnessing Santa's spectacular Christmas Eve sleigh crash, the woolly wonder snaps into action to save the holiday and get the man of the hour—and a clever new mode of toy transport—back in flight. Scotton (Russell the Sheep ) knits together a pleasant tale with some silly, snowy scenes featuring a frog friend and a truly excitable Santa. Yet Russell's latest lacks the spark of droll humor that fueled its predecessors; the quirkily introspective sheep's exploits lose something when Santa shares the spotlight. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 10/22/2007
Release date: 10/01/2007
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-00-726294-6
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Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-06-059855-6
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-00-720626-1
Hardcover - 40 pages - 978-986-216-021-3
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