Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review | "BookElves Anthology Volume 1" by Jemima Pett, Rebecca M. Douglass, Fiona Ingram, M.G. King, Wendy Leighton-Porter, S. Smith, and Ben Zackheim

I know Christmas is long gone, but today's review is over a seasonal anthology I won in a Goodreads giveaway (get used to the unseasonal reviews, because my review over "My True Love Gave to Me" will be coming up soon, as well). It's an independently published middle grade anthology with stories contributed by authors you may not have heard of before. However, before I get into my thoughts, though, here's the book's Goodread's description, as always:

Seven stories, seven situations threatening the festivities – a postbag that gets bigger, a Santa in summer, the strange disappearance of the gifts, a petnapping gang, a snowstorm in the wilds, a kidnapped messenger, and a whole raft of celebrations that are too strange to contemplate.
Will the holidays be a disaster? Will families be left out in the cold? Will there be tears before bedtime, or will there be happy endings all round?
Each tale weaves its own seasonal magic. Each magician has already warmed the hearts of thousands of young readers with their stories; Max the time-traveling cat, Champ the rescue dog, Shirley Link, the schoolgirl detective, the Ninja Librarian, the Princelings of the East, and the Seed Savers. As part of the MG BookElves group they bring you tales to enjoy during the holiday season.
Suitable for readers age 8 and up. 

My only real points that I want to make about this book are that:
I found it more of an elementary level anthology, rather than middle grade. Some of the stories don't evolve too much while others are too complicated to fully wrap up by the end, and I noticed some typos. A short review, I know, but there isn't much to say. I didn't particularly love the book, but I'm also not the intended audience. I don't recommend this to older readers, but I think 8-12 year olds could enjoy it as a light, holiday read. I couldn't find the book available on the Book Depository, however you can find it on amazon both in digital and paperback format- both at reasonable prices if you're looking for a little gift for a young reader.

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