Hello, friends! Well, Christmas is a week away! Just like last year, we’ll be counting down this week with some very merry holiday-themed books, starting tonight with Monster Needs A Christmas Tree, written by Paul Czajak and illustrated by Wendy Grieb, a festive addition to the splendid Monster & Me series.
It’s Christmas Eve, and Monster and his best friend need to get a Christmas tree! After all, they’ll need to have something for Santa to put the gifts under. Strolling into town, they see a line.. to greet Santa! Monster and his boy take a detour to sit on Santa’s lap and give him their wishlists. They should really head to the tree lot – oh but, look! A hill perfect for sledding! And so it goes, with the friends finding lots of wonderful holiday activities to distract them. Unfortunately, when they finally arrive at the tree lot, the last tree has been sold! Oh no! What are they going to do to show Santa they believe?
The Monster & Me books are always a lot of fun, with the colorful big-headed Monster greeting every situation with exuberance. So naturally, a story about getting wrapped up in the holiday season is a perfect fit. The story is pure Christmasy fun, with an unexpected resolution and a satisfying ending. The art is colorful, and while the digital illustrations occasionally look a little too clean, I loved the use of the black-and-white movie-inspired framework for fantasy sequences. The length is good, and JJ liked it, so we can definitely recommend this one to any little monster who wants to celebrate the magic of Christmas. Baby Bookworm approved!