Janie Gets A Genie For Christmas

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
51 Pages
Reviewed on 09/27/2017
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Author Biography

David Blaze is the award-winning author of several highly imaginative children's books, including the popular My Fox series. His goal is to create children's books that are fun, hilarious, and honest for kids of all ages and from all backgrounds.

Timothy David and his son Zander Blaze live in Orlando, Florida with their crazy dog, Sapphire, their wacky goldfish, Big Red, and Blaze's awesome Mom! Timothy David loves to watch funny movies and eat pizza rolls! Zander Blaze loves to play in water and feast on chicken nuggets! Together, as David Blaze, they share lots of laughs and have lots of fun.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

What an amazing and magical little gem appears for the holidays in Janie Gets a Genie for Christmas by David Blaze. This may be a children’s book, but like any truly great one, Janie Gets a Genie also targets the adult perspective – not to mention adult nostalgia for simple goodness – by speaking clearly, precisely, and honestly about the issues that, perhaps not for the best, turn children into later, adult-defined selves. Just so, we are introduced to Janie, the narrator, who already knows the honesty of unpopularity, of being imperfectly overweight, who wishes things were different, but in her too-big-hearted way wishes even more for others. While last minute Christmas shopping with her mother, Janie comes upon a magic tea kettle. Okay, a golden lamp. Of course, there is a genie abiding somewhere inside. Just not the one you might expect. His name is Micah.

To go further into the plot line of Janie Gets a Genie for Christmas would be to dissipate the fun and magic of David Blaze’s truly delightful book. The story told is written with such pure conciseness that one is surprisingly impressed with how quickly it becomes relevant to one’s own heart. The author manages to poke the reader with precious little plot twists meant to avoid both familiar expectations and, worse, the disappointments of cliché. And the always necessary lesson(s) to be found in any great children’s book is revealed in this one to be the practicality of goodness, with a tiny glimpse at how the world works when such goodness is sincerely practiced. Most of all, like this magical little book itself, the surprises to be had on Christmas morning when one truly does not expect them or demand them.

Jack Magnus

Janie Gets A Genie For Christmas is a holiday-themed book for preteens and children, grades 4-6, written by David Blaze. Janie didn’t really want to pose for a picture with a Santa Claus who was out in the street collecting money for a charity, but her mom didn’t like going to the real Santa in the mall and waiting for hours for Janie to see him. Janie felt awkward standing next to the man, who didn’t look at all like Santa. He was thinner than she was, for one thing, and Janie figured he was younger even than her dad. To make matters even more embarrassing, Mary and Betty, the two most popular girls in school, came walking by as she stood there next to the fake Santa. They always had the nicest clothes and were pretty and thin. As they walked past her, they made mean comments about her slippers and her clothes. Janie was probably the least confident kid in her sixth grade class. Her parents were poor, and she hadn’t had any success in making friends. Mary and Betty made it seem so easy, yet it was so hard for her.

Janie’s mom had forgotten some shopping and so the two of them went into the nearby gift shop to buy Aunt Julie candles. The fake Santa looked at Janie and told her that she’d find what she wanted in Aisle 9, and then he winked. The candles they found there were ugly and not at all suitable for Christmas, but Janie did find the neatest oil lamp. She had thought it was a shiny tea kettle, but her mom was familiar with oil lamps. When they left the store, Janie had her lamp. Little did she know, there was actually a genie in that lamp, and he was willing to grant her deepest wishes.

David Blaze’s holiday-themed book for preteens and children, grades 4-6, Janie Gets A Genie For Christmas, is a heart-warming and inspiring story about a shy young girl who finds out what she really wants from life. I began to chuckle at the thought that a parent would make their kid pose with a street Santa instead of going to one in the mall, and could just imagine how embarrassing a situation that could be. Blaze’s story has a great plot, and the vocabulary is geared to be just challenging enough for a preteen to keep it interesting. The illustrations are marvelous! I especially loved the characters of both Janie and Micah, the genie, whose appearance and attire are definitely not what you’d expect. Janie Gets A Genie For Christmas is most highly recommended.