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Elves Up North - A Family for Castor

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The "Elves Up North - A Family for Castor" - New Illustrated Version - where YOU become part of the story!
Come meet a magical wizard named"The Maestro" and help save Christmas this season for Santa Claus:
- Soar through the clouds
- Bounce along with your new friend, Misty the mouse
- Meet the "Elves of Table 12"
- Discover why Castor the Elf is feeling down this year
- Search for all the "blue" presents he has wrapped to save Christmas
- Help him find a family and learn that sometimes they don't always have to be related
- Just don't get hit in the head with the Cod Fish Biscuit whizzing through the air as you go past! (EWWW!!!)
Mildly interactive, this story can be read as a bedtime tale with chapter breaks to stop for the night, or as a read out loud for groups to make new yuletide traditions, as even the elderly can participate and get involved.
"Elves Up North - A Family for Castor"offers a unique way to enjoy the holidays, while making smiles and new memories along the way with your family and friends.

44 pages, Paperback

Published October 27, 2018

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L.L. Walters

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My name is L. L. Walters and I refuse to wrap a Christmas present if I am not totally in the holiday spirit. Each night, I sit in the floor with the sounds of the holidays playing. Smiling, I think happy thoughts as I wrap each gift of the season, with the hope that my joy will be passed on to the one who opens it for the entire year to come.

I am the mother of 3 as well as the grandmother of 3 beautiful children. I believe it is the job of every caregiver to figure out what makes someone "shine". My goal is to give another opportunity to take advantage of this magical season, to better understand those around us and to help create special memories to last a lifetime.

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January 18, 2019
I was gifted the book Elves Up North – A Family for Castor by L.L Walters and 1X Publishing through the wonderful Multicultural Children’s Book Day reviewer initiative.

Elves Up North is a cute, interactive chapter book that takes place in Santa’s Workshop. A diverse cast of elves happily prepares for Santa’s big day, except for Castor who feels that he does not belong. Unfortunately, preparing presents while sad turns out to be a rather bad thing!

The reader is invited to ‘join the story’ with the help of a friendly wizard named ‘The Maestro’ and his mouse helper, Misty. By reacting to the prompts throughout the story, readers help the elves solve the problem, as well as cheer up Castor.

The book has full color illustrations by Jubayda Sagor sprinkled throughout. The colorful art helps readers form a clear image of the various characters that appear in the story.


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January 26, 2019
I was provided a copy of this book by the author, L.L. Walters, as part of the 6th annual Multicultural Children's Book Day. This story appears to be the sequel to a previous book that I have not read. It's a short chapter book that takes the reader on an adventure to the North Pole, where there is an elf in trouble. A magical wizard named Maestro sends the reader through the portal. The mouse serving as a liaison between the North Pole and the Maestro leads the reader to Table 12. Here the elves are introduced one by one, until the empty chair. Where is Castor? Why has he not arrived for dinner? The mouse leads the reader to find out.

What makes this book different than other holiday tales is that it breaks the barrier between reader and story. The story interacts directly with the reader, directing you to move your hands a certain way or to say a certain phrase. I was not expecting this and was at first taken aback because it seemed styled like a "choose-your-own-adventure" story, but didn't give you choices. It may be fun to read with a willing child participant, but I like to have my questions while reading be more natural and spontaneous rather than scripted. As for the multiculturalism, some of the elves were non-white and there was one in a wheelchair. The length was awkward as well, at 38 pages it seems like an early reader book but the vocabulary was more advanced.

If you have a reader that loves anything related to elves, Christmas, or the North Pole, they will enjoy this addition to the Christmas offerings.
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December 21, 2018
Do you believe in Santa and his workshop full of jolly elves? It is true, there are plenty of elves working at the north pole and they all have very interesting names too. As they all sit down for their dinner break one little elf is missing. His name is Castro and the other elves think he is a little weird, but Castro is very sad. With the help of Maestro’s magic and his two friendly mice you can help Castro the elf be rid of his sadness. You see, Castor doesn’t know where he belongs. Do you think Santa can help?

This interactive read is a great story just in time for the holidays. Kids will find that they can be a part of the story by listening to the commands of Maestro. Easy to read sentences are perfect for beginners. Colorful illustrations bring the characters to life. Parents can share this as a read-a-loud so everyone can participate.
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