The Christmas Giant

Steve Light, Candlewick, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-4692-9
Packed with delightful and humorous touches, Light's holiday story introduces Humphrey, a giant, and Leetree, a tiny elf, who are responsible for making Santa's wrapping paper (Leetree rides a tricycle across one roll to give it purple stripes). When Santa asks them to grow a special Christmas tree, they show off their respective talents (moving big rocks, pulling tiny weeds) and their ingenuity when the tree meets with an accident. Besides being a refreshingly original addition to the Christmas canon, Light's story demonstrates that, big or small, everyone has gifts to offer—any time of year. Ages 3–6. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 10/18/2010
Release date: 09/01/2010
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