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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Elf Who Didn't Like Christmas by Jessie L. Best is a children’s story. Ralph is Santa’s smallest and newest elf and he really doesn’t feel very wanted. When Santa sets him to work in the kitchen, scrubbing pans instead of helping with the Christmas preparations, Ralph decides he’s going to run away. The trouble is, he chose a night when a blizzard was howling outside. Deciding to stop for the night under a tree in the forest, Ralph is startled when a voice asks for help. A little old lady is stuck up a tree so Ralph helps her and she takes him back to her house to warm up and sleep before he travels again. Things don’t go quite the way Ralph thought they would though and he can't seem to find his way back to Santa. Will Santa come looking for him? Can Santa find him in time? Read all about Ralph’s misadventures and see for yourself.
The Elf Who Didn’t Like Christmas by Jessie L. Best is a great Christmas story for preteen kids and parents will love reading it to their kids. There are a few illustrations to help the story along and it’s been written in a straightforward, easy to understand manner, perfect for the target audience. There is action all the way through as the story unfolds and the way it has been written allows you to see it all happening and to hear Ralph and all the other characters talking. It’s got a neat ending and a surprise or two in the plot, a nice story for kids to hear and read at Christmastime.