Monday, February 18, 2013

Red Ranger Came Calling

By Berkley Breathed

 The narrator relives his father's most amazing childhood Christmas. A moody young boy living with his aunt on an island, "Red" Breathed sees himself as the "Red Ranger from Mars", his hero from the movie serials, and cannot picture life without the gift of a Red Ranger bicycle. Red is far too "swanky a human being" to believe in Santa Claus, but nevertheless he pays a visit to the aged island hermit, Lord Sander Clos, rumored to be the legendary man himself, now living in lonely, joyless retirement. This meeting triggers an emotional response within the self-absorbed Red and leads to the most remarkable bicycle ever delivered on Christmas morning.

his is quite possibly the most delightful Christmas story I’ve ever read. It is filled with hilarious illustrations and the quirky story that I can see being told as a family legend. It has all the charm of books like “Pingo” by Brandon Mull with that old-story boyhood need that is so loved in the movie “A Christmas Story”. This is a must-have for your Christmas book shelf. Completely delightful!

I give it 4 ½ out of 5 for one of the best picture books I’ve ever read!

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