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Pretty darn cute, and smart. As always in children's stories about wild animals, the fact that these animals are prey and predators make for some awkwardness, but Ephraim Owl's role was reasonably satisfying. And yes, the way the stars 'gimmer and shine' really is like singing.
This is one of those stories from my childhood that never fail to get me in the mood for Christmas. As a child I never thought there was anything strange about this story of the moles who want a telescope from the Fat Man in the Red Suit and risk death to wait for him. Maybe I related to their glasses, having worn them since I was 3 years old. The illustrations are so cute that you'll find yourself saying, "Hey, even moles deserve a Christmas present!"
Sep 14, 2007 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone
One of my favorite books from when I was a child. We read this every Christmas. Delver is a mole who likes to daydream. One day he hears about Christmas and he suddenly wants to know more about life besides just digging tunnels. Just great.