Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Smurfs Christmas by Peyo –OPTIONAL

Peyo The Smurfs Christmas 56 pgs, Papercutz, 2013. $5.99
A collection of random smurf adventures, with a few, but not all, that feature a Christmas/Santa theme and winter snowmen. One features a sick Santa that stops at Gargamels hovel to get a cure, but when Gargamel finds out that Santa’s reindeer know the way to every home, he gives Santa a sleeping potion. Then Gargamel takes the sleigh and heads straight to smurf village. Will someone be able to stop him? Another adventure features the smurfs trying to save hibernating animals from a hunter. Another features magical snowmen who turn the tide on Gargamel to help save the smurfs (and themselves from melting).
I have been the reviewer of a few smurfs books, including the giant Peyo collection, but this one has been the only one I would recommend to elementary students. The others have featured high level vocabulary, and more advanced politics and humor. This small collection is very child friendly, good for 2-3 graders. This is more the smurfs I remember from when I was a kid. I still wouldn’t add it to my collection because the Smurfs just aren’t popular enough to spend the money for it.
EL (K-3)  –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian

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