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Reviewed by Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo for Readers' Favorite
In Winky The Tiniest Elf by Molly Burton, the story begins with an elf who is very, very tiny. Winky mostly had to stay out of the way and entertain himself, which is where trouble came in. One day, he discovered a mouse hole opening and began to explore. He heard reindeer and found himself outside. He had never been outside before. It grew late. There were beautiful colors in the sky which were the Northern Lights. Winky found himself in Santa’s bedroom and accidentally touched Santa’s suit, which now suddenly fitted Winky. Winky went to the kitchen to see Satin, Mrs. Claus's baking elf. They made a fuss over him, especially in his suit. But then Santa began searching for his suit! Santa did find his suit, a little wrinkled, but back to Santa's size... What had happened in the changing of suit sizes was the magic of Christmas. Santa thought Winky was special and made him head of the buttery chocolate fudge department and special-elf-in-charge-of-taking-care-of-his-suit.
Winky The Tiniest Elf by Molly Burton shows the magic and goodness of Christmas. One can imagine an elf so small having to go through so much trouble every day so as not to be in the way. One can also imagine the curiosity of a tiny young elf with way too much time on his hands getting into trouble, not because he is bad, but just so very tiny. This book is exciting for young and young at heart readers who are looking for a good Christmas story. The characters are believable and one can just imagine everything that would be found in Santa’s workshop. The theme to me is the spirit, innocence, awe, and joy of Christmas.