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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Mr. Claws Decks the Halls is a children’s holiday-themed picture book written by Lindsey Coker Luckey and illustrated by Toska. Mr. Claws loves the Christmas holidays, and he prides himself on being so very busy, even busier than Santa Claus, he figures, or his reindeer. Mr. Claws loves to add to the Christmas treasure trove he has hidden away behind his hole in the wall of the Perry family’s house. He’s lived there for years and years, and he has so much great Christmas stuff. This year, however, he got completely carried away. Mr. Claws took everything the Perrys had gotten for Christmas. He took all the presents and the decorations, leaving only their tree behind. What he was thinking about now was how the Perrys, especially the children, would feel when they discovered there would be no Christmas this year. Mr. Claws felt terrible when he heard them crying in their beds at night. So, he decided he would make things right. He worked so hard and so quickly, and, almost as if by magic, the Perrys saw the gifts and decorations reappear. And Mr. Claws? He learned an important lesson from all this. Christmas is about family and giving.
Lindsey Coker Luckey’s Mr. Claws Decks the Halls is a beautifully illustrated fable about the Christmas holiday and the little mouse who almost stole it away from the family he shares the house with. One can’t help but sympathize with Mr. Claws, whose excitement about Christmas leads him to take in excess of what normally isn’t missed. And even though he has an amazing collection gathered from over the years, he still needs more. Or does he? Luckey’s story examines Mr. Claws’ motivation and finds he somehow lost track of what the season really is all about. She gently refocuses young readers’ attention on the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of family and giving in her eloquently rhyming story. Toska’s illustrations glow with jewel-like tones and reinforce the festive nature of the story. Mr. Claws Decks the Halls is highly recommended.