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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
All twelve-year-old Marlon McDoogle wanted for Christmas was a model train set to play with. When his grandpa shows up in the middle of the night with a present, he expects just that. When he unwraps the gift to find a scarf, he is secretly disappointed. Grandpa McDoogle reminds the boy that a simple gift can hold a world of adventure. Taking Marlon to work at the train station, Grandpa McDoogle shows him just how important his engineering job is on Christmas Eve. Once they arrive, he is introduced to some very special workers and the jolly man that makes Christmas possible.
I really thought Marlon McDoogle’s Magical Night by Sean Covel was a unique and fun holiday read. It wasn’t like your typical Christmas books that you come across. It starts off in a very traditional way but soon goes off into a storyline all its own, making it very enjoyable to read alone or read to a child. The two main characters are very likable and well established for a fifty-sixty page picture book. The grandpa is a very fun and creative character and I like the phrases he uses that have a very inspiring effect: “It’s your choice to make, isn’t it?” and “I choose to be something more.” The illustrations were also beautiful and fitted perfectly with the story. Diego Velasquez did an amazing job of creating such detailed pictures. Overall, I found it a very pleasant read and one that I will definitely recommend to others with children.