Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Santa's Sleigh Is On Its Way To Texas

Santa's Sleigh Is On Its Way to Texas. Eric James. Illustrated by Robert Dunn. 2015. Sourcebooks. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: The moon over Sixth Street gives off a cool glow. The stars twinkle like there's a secret they know! The evening sky is especially bright. "Hey Santa! Hey Santa! Please visit tonight."

Premise/plot: A Christmas book that celebrates place-names in Texas. The framework of the story is that there is one little Texan who won't go to bed, so, Santa keeps postponing his visit to his house and makes all his other deliveries in Texas first. But essentially, just a book with a lot of Texas locations mentioned.
In Dallas the yawns become stronger and stronger. The children of Plano can't stay up much longer. From Fort Worth to Lubbock, and San Antone too, They're soon sleeping soundly, all children but you!
My thoughts: I find this an awkward read. I'm not sure if it's the fact that most of it is written in second person. Or if its because the rhythm or rhyme is just off for me. There were things I liked about it. The first five pages aren't written in second person and addressed directly to the reader. And the illustrations for one spread in particular show that Texas is diverse.

Text: 2 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 5 out of 5

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