Illustrator: Eline Lindenhuizen
Published by Clavis on September 15, 2017
Genres: Childrens, Christmas, Picture Book
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Dear Santa... That's how Tess starts her letter. You don't have to bring me any toys this year. The only thing I want is a real gnome. Full of anticipation, Tess looks forward to the day her new friend arrives: a friend she can take everywhere, and with whom she can share everything. With Grandpa and Grandma's help, she gets everything ready. Grandpa builds little pieces of furniture, Grandma sews a little blanket, and Tess prepares a welcome meal. And then it's finally Christmas Eve ... Will Santa bring a real gnome?
A heartwarming picture book with wonderfully funny illustrations.
Santa, Please Bring Me a Gnome is a sweet little Christmas story. I love how Tess’ grandparents play along, building furniture and making a blanket for the gnome that Santa will surely bring. Of course, Santa doesn’t bring a gnome, but he does bring a darling little hamster who needs a home. And the becomes her best friend of course.
The illustrations are sweet and gentle, like the cover. It would be a nice read to book to share with kids. But I’m not a big fan of animals as Christmas presents. It made for a heart-warming ending here, but animals, even hamsters, are a big commitment not something to buy on impulse because your daughter is expecting a gnome on Christmas. But kids won’t look at it that way, they’ll just enjoy the story and maybe ask for a gnome or hamster of their own.