With beautiful illustrations and a cute lesson tied up in a holiday story, Randolph the Christmas Moose will make a fun read for the little ones!
Disclosure: I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Randolph the Moose lives with his mother in the Great White North. After a chance encounter with the reindeer from Santa Claus’ sleigh-pulling team, Randolph finds new joy in trail running as he trains to join the reindeer in Santa’s flight school. But when the head elf places him at the workshop loading dock instead (due to his tremendous bulk), Randolph has to use his brains and work ethic to earn respect at his new job… and even save Christmas.
Imagine Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer, except…
– Randolph has a healthy self-image
– Randolph has a more positive outlet for his feelings
– Randolph runs, but not away from his problems
– Randolph is pro-active, refusing to let Santa’s workshop define him as a moose
BE YOUR OWN MOOSE!
“Randolph the Christmas Moose empowers kids to find the unique leader within themselves and to not allow stereotyping to limit their potential.” –AUSTIN HIGHSMITH GARCES, author of The Miracle Tree and actor in Dolphin Tale 1 and 2
“Randolph the Christmas Moose, filled with humor and character building, shares a twist to a familiar tale to produce an important message about how children can be hard-working, determined and true to themselves.” –ADAM DOVICO, educator and author of When Kids Lead, The Limitless School and Inside the Trenches
“This is a charming and funny story that will not only entertain kids, but also help them understand that other people’s opinions don’t define them.” –LINDSAY THOMPSON, filmmaker and writer for PBS’ Arthur
“Randolph the Christmas Moose addresses many important childhood themes, including acceptance, endurance and bullying, without sounding ‘preachy.'” –SUE ELDER, Ed.D., public and elementary school librarian, educator and bibliophile
Learn more at www.GerryGibsonAuthor.com
From Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com
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There is nothing I love more than sharing a good book with my kids, but this one; this one I managed to keep hidden and I am so glad I did! It will make the perfect holiday gift for my 7 year old!
The mommy in me notes:
The illustrations are beautiful.
The reading level isn’t quite as young as I hoped. I think my 7 year old (2nd grade) could read it with a little bit of help, but it is a bit longer so it may take more than one reading session. There are quite a few sentences per page and it is a 69 page book.
It would make for a great read together book with your child, or a book to read to them. Again, likely a more than one reading session book though.
I found many different learning gems within the book that would make a great discussion with children, as well as hopefully drive home a point in children. (I have learned that sometimes, kids pick up these lessons quick and other times, they need to be discussed. It all depends on the topic and the kid!) There are definitely some great points within the story that kids can realize their own potential and how to turn negative situations into positives; how to believe in themselves and be who they are.
Overall, from a mommy perspective, it is a cute, lesson learning book.
As a reader and child at heart notes:
We immediately see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer who is playing ‘reindeer games’ with his friends – something kids are surely going to lock in on!
Randolph goes to work for Santa in the workshop where the elves are building toys.
The characters are a cast of animals from seals to moose to artic fox to polar bears; including twin polar bears who remind me of the moose in the Disney movie Brother Bear, eh? (Some kids might get the reference!)
What could be more fun than a super cute, beautifully illustrated, lesson provoking book that has a child’s favorite holiday people!
This one is definitely going under the tree for our 7 year old!
About the Author
A former teacher, Gerry Gibson is a writer, filmmaker, soccer coach, and YouTube/podcast host. His initial foray into children’s literature, Randolph the Christmas Moose, is being published by Loving Healing Press in 2020. Gerry currently lives with his wife, Courtney, his sons, Bennett and Turner, and countless other microorganisms in Winston-Salem, NC. He writes stories for kids because that’s what he is: a big, grey-haired kid.
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