Today's choice was a quick read indeed as I finished it in under 10 minutes but went back to spend a little more time admiring the illustrations. Let's cut through the fruitcake here and get on with the show....the book of choice for today is....
It's Christmas Eve and Santa is ready
The presents are loaded, the reindeer all steady;
When what to his wondering eyes should appear
But one of his elves, Edison, that he holds quite dear.
You see, boys and girls,
Ed's the main man,
Coming up with new presents
As fast as he can.
His new invention sends old Santa snoozing,
A replacement driver quick, for time they are losing.
Lucky for Ed,
Murray K's all the rage,
But delivering toys,
Is not how he spends his days.
He owns a small diner,
Popular with most,
Looking for holiday figures...
They eat there, he could boast.
But will Murray take on this new task?
Ed can only hope, as this question he does ask.
WHEW! Okay, that's the end of the review in rhyme....moving on with the regular program here. The book is a funny and new take on the classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas". Written in the traditional rhyme scheme, it flows incredibly fast. I would definitely recommend making yourself slow down to truly enjoy the story. To say it was cute, would not do it justice....it was fun and imaginative and definitely something I will reread with each passing Christmas. The jams Murray gets in while trying to fill the big man's suit are quite funny....even more amusing is how he tries to get out of them. (Promise...you'll laugh!)
On a side note...some of you may have expected the funny story as the author, Mike Reiss is a writer for and executive producer of The Simpsons (call me clueless, as I didn't know the name...but I do like the show!). The illustrations must be given their mention as well....the book is fully illustrated. Every page has wonder renditions of the story characters and their antics. As I said, you'll want to be sure and look at each page. The add-ins are so much fun! (There's a cute happy pup in the one pic....other holiday figures dining in another....)