Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5+
What did you like about the book? Grump the Tomte lived in a converted doghouse on the grounds of a deserted house. His friend, the Bee, lived with him. A ways away lived the Rabbit family, snug in their burrow under an enormous oak tree. There was Mother, Father, Aunty Bunty, Uncle Nubbin, Grandfather Rabbit and a bunch of children. The young rabbits had never experienced winter or snow. When Binny and Barty go outside to see if it has snowed yet, they find the hat and mittens of the Tomte that blew off his clothesline. They also find the sign that had hung on the gate where the Tomte lived which read Tomte Co as a squirrel had nibbled off the rest of the word “cottage”. Grandfather Rabbit decides that the sign mean Tomte Coming and the squirrels knew about Christmas so it must be the Yule Tomte! All the animals in this area of the forest prepare to welcome the Yule Tomte when he comes. They wait and wait but he does not come so Binny and Barty go to look for him.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Not a thing!
To whom would you recommend this book? This would make a wonderful read aloud story for older children.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? This is an oversize book, filled with wonderful illustrations on every page. It could go in juvenile fiction or maybe picture books.
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: 12/3/2016