Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Naughty List by Michael Fry and Bradley Jackson - OPTIONAL

Fry, Michael and Jackson, Bradley The Naughty List, 229 pgs. Harper Collins, 2015. $12.99. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG (crude childish humor) Violence: PG.  

Bobbie has had it with Christmas.  Her dad is working out of town, the family is struggling for necessities, let alone Christmas gifts, and, despite her love of the holiday, she has decided to ignore Christmas this year.  But when her brother really wants a video game system, and writes a letter to Santa, suddenly Elves, Ninjas, Blow dryer wielding snowmen, angry abandoned snow angels and other join the fight of naughty vs. nice.  Can Bobbie save Christmas and get her little brother what he wants most of all?  

This was a fun premise, but erred on the side of too much.  Too silly, too corny, trying to hard maybe?  It reminded me a lot of the “Bloom County” cartoons, both in look and in content.  The comic book illustrations tell the story as well as the text, a quick action packed read.  A good Christmas book for the Big Nate, Captain Underpants, Wimpy Kid crowd.  

EL, MS - OPTIONAL Lisa Librarian

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