The very first thing I noticed about this cute little children’s story is the beautiful illustrations. I very much like the style of the artwork – the smoothness of the edges and the use of color. Lobo, along with his pals Arty the Arctic Mouse and Roxy the Raven, are on a journey to the North Pole to help Santa. Other animals help them on their way to Santa’s Village, and the reader finally discovers what sort of assistance it is that Santa needs from Lobo.
Overall this is a cute Christmas story for kids (with, of course, a happy ending). There’s some silliness, there’s some opportunity for further exploration (the Arctic animals who help the friends, the Northern lights, etc.), and there are some life lessons about helping others/being a good friend too. One point of annoyance: Roxy the Raven says everything twice. Kids will like the repetition, but I have to confess – I kind of want to punch Roxy in the face.
That aside, this is a new idea for a Christmas story (wait until you read why Santa needs Lobo’s help, and what assistance he asks Lobo to provide!) and your kidlets will likely enjoy both the story and the fun, bright illustrations.