By Michael Mclean and Scott Mclean
Santa Claus has been kidnapped!
Behind the plot are an evil queen, a wicked stepmother, a sorceress, a beanstalk giant, and, of course, the mischievous Rumpelstiltskin. They have a plan that will erase the term “Happily Ever After” from our storybooks forever.
But it’s nearly Christmas Eve, and time is running out. Can Santa and the fairy-tale heroes save the day and bring Christmas to all the children of the world? Will anyone have a “Happily Ever After” again?
True to Michael Mclean, this is a cheeky happy story that has a good moral and a snappy song. I read this is one sitting and I’m still shaking my head and smiling when I think about it. Fairy tales have gotten more popular of late what with the slew of retellings in the book industry, Disney movies, and the hugely popular TV show Once Upon a Time. Capitalizing on this, Michael Mclean has given us a witty story about the villains, who want their happy endings and will do whatever it takes to get it, including holding for ransom the jolly elf himself, Santa Claus. This is a wonderful book to read aloud to kids at Christmas and has a website in the end that has a lovely song that goes along with the moral of the book; about the hero in all of us. Feel good and warm-fuzzy inducing, this is a good book to have at Christmas, and if it does well we might see it hit the stage alongside The Forgotten Carols!
I give it a 3.5 out of 5