I was offered an advanced copy of this book by the publisher through Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review. This sweet children’s book by Dennis Canfield, Back to Christmas, follows Marmel, one of Santa’s elves who has gotten his priorities mixed up severely. He is in charge of the Labeling Department where humans are labelled as “nice” or “naughty”. Upset that there are no naughty reports, Marmel declares that Christmas is all about separating the naughty from the nice. He seems to have it in for the Krumwerth family, who do seem to have their priorities mixed up, as well.
On the day before Christmas Eve, Marmel confronts the daughter of the Krumwerth family about their “sins”, and how they could all go onto the Permanently Naughty List. He definitely puts the fear into her as she realizes that is what has happened to her aunt and uncle who are miserable at Christmas, and make everyone else miserable, too. Marmel has lost his Christmas spirit, but with the help of an older elf, and an aging rock star, he is forced to confront his own mean-spirited ways.
Back to Christmas reminds all of us that we are not to judge others. It also makes the case for cleaning up our own attitudes and habits before even thinking about those of other people. If you are looking for a quick, easy read, this is it. I make a practice of putting a link to each author’s website in my reviews, but after searching Google, GoodReads, Amazon, and even Facebook, I could not find a web address for this author.
What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
Very little: singular vs. plural disagreement within a sentence.