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Maynard tells a little girl named Sissy about a huge blizzard they had one year. The weather was weird that year in the North Pole it was so warm that Santa had to pack up and move and he moved right ... Read full review
The Christmas blizzard
ISBN 0590458795 - Sometimes you can just tell, when you pick up a book, that it's going to be one you really like... The Christmas Blizzard is one of those books, for me. It's not thick, it's actually a pretty flimsy paperback - but it DOES look like fun, and it is!
Sissy McNab tells oldtimer Maynard Jenkins that a snowstorm is on the way, prompting him to tell her the story of the blizzard of '22. That year, it was so cold that Maynard's father's sledgehammer cracked like glass! Stranger, it was tropically warm at the North Pole, so Santa re-located to the coldest place he could find - right in their town. Turned out, however, cold wasn't enough to get the elves making toys, so Maynard went to see Miz Pendersnarf, an old woman who, it was said, could cast spells. Her spell works almost too well, but Maynard helps it along and soon the town is covered in feet of snow and Christmas is saved, convincing the mayor to rename the town Blizzard... I mean, Lizzard.
Illustrator James Warhola did fantastic work. The images are fun, laugh out loud funny, and full of detail; they match the story and they bring a certain character all their own. The author, Helen Ketteman, spins a convincing old mans' tall tale that kids will love. There are stories that your child will remember, and pass on, and I think this one will be one of those.