Monday, December 22, 2014

Misfits Make Merry: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Who Delivers Christmas? (Slide and Find)

Guess who is fifty years old this Christmas?

That's right! It's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, so who better than Rudolph to be the guide for finding out who brings the gifts at Christmas?

Roger Priddy Books' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Slide and Find (Priddy Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014) takes a page from Microsoft and does it with.... windows. Pridd's clever "slide-and-find" board book takes young fingers and I spy eyes through a series of 14 sliding window shades which reveal all those behind-the-scenes clues needed to deliver the goods on Christmas Eve.

Who lives at the North Pole? Slide the four windows and find out who: Santa Claus, an elf, and two reindeer, one of which has a large red nose. But who knows where Santa's cargo has gone?

Meanwhile, poor Rudolph is having his own problems. The other reindeer laugh and shut him out of their games. Rudolph and his fellow oddball Hermey run away to find the missing toys, and find themselves on the Island of Misfits. But there, cleverly concealed behind four windows with clues on their shades, there they are--a doll, train stuffed elephant, and a toy lion.

Now the sleigh load is located, but just then a huge storm blows in at the moment that Rudolph and Hermey come back, just in time for Santa to notice Rudolph's special talent.

Now who delivers Christmas? Who saved Christmas? Find the last four windows and slide to find out WHO? Fingers are exercised and the whole story is told as the windows reveal the answers to the familiar song-story in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Slide and Find.

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