When Santa and his broken sleigh are stranded in Firefly Wood, Santa is sure that Christmas will have to be canceled. That is, until Russell the Sheep comes to the rescue With a clatter and a bang, Russell shows that hard work and a little imagination can make a magic that is all his own.Read more...
When Santa and his broken sleigh are stranded in Firefly Wood, Santa is sure that Christmas will have to be canceled. That is, until Russell the Sheep comes to the rescue With a clatter and a bang, Russell shows that hard work and a little imagination can make a magic that is all his own.
Everyone's favorite woolly sheep is baaaack in a Christmas story perfect for any eager child awaiting Santa's arrival.
- ISBN-13: 9780060598549
- ISBN-10: 0060598549
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publish Date: October 2007
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 54.
- Review Date: 2007-10-22
- Reviewer: Staff
Would that all sheep were as cute as Russell, the stocking-capped insomniac of Frogsbottom Field. After witnessing Santa's spectacular Christmas Eve sleigh crash, the woolly wonder snaps into action to save the holiday and get the man of the hour—and a clever new mode of toy transport—back in flight. Scotton (Russell the Sheep) knits together a pleasant tale with some silly, snowy scenes featuring a frog friend and a truly excitable Santa. Yet Russell's latest lacks the spark of droll humor that fueled its predecessors; the quirkily introspective sheep's exploits lose something when Santa shares the spotlight. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)
For a vastly more modern, pixel-type mood, Rob Scotton has created a third book about Russell the sheep, and his artwork practically jumps to life in Russell's Christmas Magic. On Christmas Eve, everyone in Frogsbottom Field snoozes except Russell, who sees a shooting star. That star turns out to be Santa, whose sleigh has crashed. In the tradition of Rudolph, Russell saves the day. This is a fast-moving story with lots of humor. For instance, when Russell holds a buzz saw to help repair the sleigh, a tiny sign on the machine reads, "Ask parents before using this tool." Scotton's art is so vivid that readers can practically step right in and see the animation come to life.