Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Review: The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne

About the Book: Dr. Christopher Ringle is the last person you’d expect to find moonlighting as Santa Claus at the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. But it is there that he meets a young man named Molar Alan, who desperately needs a new perspective on the underlying value of Christmas. Dr. Ringle recruits Mo and his older brother as volunteers at a nearby children’s hospital for the holiday season. At the hospital, Mo is tasked to help bring holiday cheer to the young cancer patients on the fifth floor. His biggest challenge is befriending a decidedly angry girl who is so embarrassed by her scarred appearance that she hides her face behind the safety of a paper bag. Almost in spite of himself, Mo finds that Christmas joy emanates from a source far greater than the North Pole, while the young girl learns that she is more beautiful than she had ever imagined.

My Review: If you are by chance still out shopping today and haven't read this book, I recommend you pick it up. It's a very heartwarming book...full of warmth and humor. I read it quickly and honestly, I'm glad I saved it to read closer to Christmas because this is a full on Christmas story. It's sweet in every way and taps straight into the heart of Christmas. It kind of reminded me a little bit of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. If you are overwhelmed by the commercialism of Christmas or looking for a Christmas filled with meaning, you will really enjoy this little novel. Highly recommended. My mom also loved it and reviewed it today over here.



bermudaonion said...

I loved this book, too. I got to ask the author a couple questions on Blog Talk Radio and he seems like such a humble family man.

Ali said...

I just finished reading this to my kids last night as we prepared to sleep next to the Christmas tree. It was perfect. (Not perfect for every child, though--parents of sensitive kids should pre-read it first)

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

I read about this over at Bermudaonion's blog; it sounds like a great story for the season :)

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