Verdict: WINSTON VAN DOOZLE AND THE CHRISTMAS TARTOOZLE is a delightful holiday treat that celebrates the joys of sharing and togetherness.
In WINSTON VAN DOOZLE AND THE CHRISTMAS TARTOOZLE, Jared Parsons pens a charming tale of young Winston Van Doozle, a boy who just wants to help his family during the holidays. Everyone in his family is busy preparing for Christmas: his mother is packing the gracking, his grandfather is plucking the Fasternack tree, and his father is hanging the fragile FlamFloozle. Sadly for poor Winston, he is too small and young to help any of them. Mother, grandfather, and father each turn him away, citing his small size as an obstacle to his participating in these traditions.
Determined to find a way to get involved in the holiday festivities, Winston refuses to give up. “I may be quite young, and I may be quite small, but I know I love Christmas as much as them all!” he exclaims. With his love for Christmas firmly in his heart, Winston creates his own tradition and surprises the family on Christmas Eve. In doing so, he illustrates the importance of holiday traditions and the joy that all family members—especially the littlest ones—feel when participating in them.
This charming tale, told in rhyme, is perfect for fans of Dr. Seuss. Young children will giggle at the mention of Zaks, Fleazles, and blue blinking Blombulls, and older ones will appreciate the lesson Winston teaches his family. The story moves along quickly, and parents will find themselves enjoying the tale as much as their children. (Parents may be especially thankful to find that, unlike some children’s books, WINSTON VAN DOOZLE AND THE CHRISTMAS TARTOOZLE is fun and easy to read aloud.) Ivan Marecic’s colorful illustrations perfectly capture the action and add a layer of whimsy to the story of the Van Doozle family.
WINSTON VAN DOOZLE AND THE CHRISTMAS TARTOOZLE is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Readers young and old will want to add Winston’s story to their holiday collection, as the Christmas Tartoozle bears a lesson every member of the family can take to heart.
WINSTON VAN DOOZLE AND THE CHRISTMAS TARTOOZLE is a delightful holiday treat that celebrates the joys of sharing and togetherness.
~Jennifer Noll for IndieReader