Monday, November 18, 2013

Santa is Coming to Tucson - Steve Smallman

Illustrated by Robert Dunn & Alan Brown
2013, Sourcebooks, Inc.
Small HC (no dust cover) $9.99
32 pages
Goodreads rating: (There are none - except for mine)
My rating: 1 - Didn't like it at all
Endpapers:  Light blue sky with wrapped gifts floating

My comments:  I really wanted to like this book and I feel badly about giving a negative review.  But the story was of the fill-in-the-blank type, a stereotypical story of Santa delivering gifts on Christmas Eve with "Tucson" stuck in here and there and a few place names scattered around.  All the illustrations were pretty generic except for one double-page spread of Tucson highlights. Very unimpressive.

From Goodreads:  It's Christmas Eve, Have you been good? Santa's packed up all the presents and is headed your way! With the help of a certain red - nosed reindeer, Santa flies over:

-St. Augustine Cathedral
-University of Arizona
-Tucson Music Hall
-Pima Air & Space Museum
-La Placita Village
-Sosa-Carillo-Fremont House
-Pima County Court House
-Saguaro Cactus
-Fox Theater
-St. Xavier del Bac Mission
-UniSource Energy Tower

"Ho, ho ho!" laughs Santa. "Merry Christmas, Tuscon!"

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