|Merry Christmas, Little Elliot (Little Elliot)|
Author: Curato, Mike
Best friends Little Elliot and Mouse go looking for Christmas spirit.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 197813
Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/01/18)
School Library Journal (10/01/18)
The Hornbook (00/11/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2018 PreS-Gr 1—Little Elliot, a polka-dotted elephant, can't relax and enjoy the holidays. His buddy Mouse hopes for a toy train for Christmas, but earnest Little Elliot just wants the Christmas spirit. The department store Santa tells him that he must find that himself, so the pint-size pachyderm and his pal participate in a host of holiday activities. Nothing works until Little Elliot discovers a missive intended for Santa that's gone astray. Elliot and Mouse decide to make the letter writer's Christmas wishes a reality, delivering what she asked for: good friends. Little Elliot is a gentle soul who's often overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of New York City, and this quiet adventure will resonate with thoughtful, sensitive readers. As in previous installments, Curato revels in the vintage Manhattan setting, with lavish paintings of the tree at Rockefeller Center, a sled ride in Central Park, and a production of The Nutcracker. His stiff, waxy depictions of people aren't nearly as successful, but Mouse and Little Elliot are so adorable that readers may not even notice. VERDICT A lovely addition to holiday collections, especially where Little Elliot is popular.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/15/2018 Elliot, the toy elephant, makes his fourth appearance, here at Christmastime. But Elliot isn't feeling the spirit of the season. No matter what he and his friend Mouse do—go to the Nutcracker, visit the tree in Rockefeller Center—he feels down about the holiday. Then, a wayward letter to Santa (literally) smacks him in the face. He tries to deliver it to a department-store Santa, but he's gone home. After Elliot reads the letter, he knows what he must do. He and Mouse go to the home of the girl who has been hoping Santa brings her good friends; with a hug, Elliot delivers her gift. The story is simple yet sometimes serious in its examination of emotions. As in previous books, Curato's retro illustrations are a highlight. Strong and sturdy, with Elliot often the center of attention, the pictures have impact, and their large size makes them great for sharing. This is also a conversation starter about the real meaning of Christmas. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.