Quick summary: This special edition pop-up book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the classic television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph doesn’t fit in with the other young reindeer training to be on Santa’s sleigh team because of his glowing red nose. After being laughed at and bullied by the other reindeer, Rudolph runs away and joins forces with Hermey, the elf who wants to be a dentist instead of a toy maker, and the prospector Yukon Cornelius. From the Abominable Snow Monster attack to a stormy Christmas Eve, Rudolph, Hermey, and even Santa learn the importance of embracing one’s differences and turning them into strengths.
Why I wanted to read it: I’m like a little kid when it comes to Christmas specials…and who doesn’t love pop-up books?
What I liked: The story is a familiar one, as I’ve watched the television special every year since I was a child. This book brings back memories by bringing this much-loved story to life. The pictures are taken from the special, and the pop-up paper art is fantastic, breathing new life into an old story. Also, the story is a heartwarming one, with an important lesson at its core.
What I disliked: The story is shortened to only a handful of pages. While that makes it easier to keep the attention of the youngest readers and keeps the pop-up book from being too bulky, I was sad that it was over so soon.
Final thoughts: The Girl and I have a Christmas Eve tradition that I started when she was a toddler, and she still enjoys it as a teenager (for the moment at least). Before we go to bed, we sit on the couch with some hot cocoa and a pile of Christmas books we’ve collected over the years, including The 12 Days of Christmas (which we sing, of course, in an assortment of silly voices), Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Night Before Christmas. I remember when I would read them all to her, and now she reads some of them to me. She didn’t read Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with me for my review because she wanted it to be a surprise for Christmas Eve, and I am confident it will become part of our yearly tradition. This special edition pop-up book would make a great gift for children and adults alike, creating new fans of the television special and bringing back fond memories for those who have watched it every year for as long as they can remember.
Disclosure: I received Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from Media Masters Publicity for review.
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