The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne
When Molar Alan and his older brother, Aaron, visit Santa at the mall, they get a few surprises. First of all, after waiting and waiting for Santa while filling out lengthy want lists, Santa informs them that they won't be getting anything on their lists. Rather, they will "receive everything they never wanted." Santa, also known as Dr. Chris Ringle, a pediatric oncologist, enlists the boys to help as elves in the children's ward of the hospital. Molar and Aaron had never spent time in the children's ward before. Dr. Ringle asks Aaron to befriend a boy named Madhu and Molar to befriend a girl named Katrina as special assignments. From there, the kids share a few adventures together in the hospital that bring out the real spirit of Christmas in everyone.
The Paper Bag Christmas brightened my day when I read it even though it is a couple of months before Christmas. It is a heartwarming tale that would be fun to read either alone for your own enjoyment, or out loud as a family during the holidays. My family has a few Christmas books that we read aloud together every year and this one will be added to our family pile. I think The Paper Bag Christmas is a good reminder to readers of all ages what the true meaning of Christmas is. No spoilers here but you may want to have your tissues handy for the ending too.
I received The Paper Bag Christmas from Center Street/Hachette Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.