Otto and the Secret Light of Christmas – Nora & Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin


51pjc5hkwol     Otto and the Secret Light of Christmas – Nora & Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin, Floris Books, (9781782503231), 2016.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Holiday/Fantasy/Folktale

What did you like about the book? After finding a postcard depicting the light of Christmas on the beach Otto the elf, is determined to find some of that light. He has not heard of Christmas and the winters where he lives are very dark. So he sets off to try and find this light. After encountering a very friendly badger, he meets King Kekri, the twig man, prince of harvests bountiful, who tells him to “Find Father Yule and his reindeer”. The forest mupples take him in, sheltering and feeding him and introducing him to the storytelling hazytales. On and on Otto travels, meeting all manner of interesting fantastical creatures – until he finally finds Father Yule. The illustrations are beyond marvelous, especially the interior of the mupples home. This is a perfect holiday story.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a good choice for reading aloud to children in kindergarten through 2nd or 3rd grade.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries.

Where would you shelve it? Juvenile fiction but this book is the size of a picture book and heavily illustrated so putting it on display might be a good idea.

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 11/21/2016

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