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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Little Elf Ray - Saves The Day is a holiday-themed children’s picture book written by Ross Hammond and illustrated by Semih Akgul. Being the littlest of Santa’s elves can make a young elf feel like he’s not very significant at all, but Ray found out on Christmas Eve that he could actually be the one who saves Christmas. Santa was admiring the sparkling new, modernized sleigh that the elves had built for him, when something totally unexpected happened. As Santa was inspecting the sleigh, he inadvertently pulled on the leashes which signaled to the reindeer that it was time to fly away. But Santa wasn’t in the sleigh, and the presents hadn’t all been loaded on it yet. He quickly turned to Ray, who had accompanied him to see the new sleigh, and told him to go get Rudolph. Ray started running and running, and even got a bit lost as he rushed to get to Santa’s Grotto. Would he be able to find Rudolph and somehow get the sleigh back for Santa?
Ross Hammond’s holiday-themed children’s picture book, Little Elf Ray - Saves The Day, is an action-packed and exciting story about the littlest elf, who somehow manages to conquer his fears and save the day. I loved following Ray as he gets lost and still keeps persevering, and especially enjoyed seeing how he rescues the sleigh. This story is a great way to teach kids that it doesn’t matter if you’re not the fastest, or the biggest or the most popular. Semih Akgul’s illustrations work perfectly with the upbeat and action-oriented theme of the story, and his renditions of Santa, the reindeer, Ray and the other elves are spot-on. Parents and caregivers should take note of the Can-You-Find…? Challenge posted on the last page -- it’s the perfect opportunity to get kids going back through the story and enjoying the excitement all over again. Little Elf Ray - Saves The Day is most highly recommended.