I really enjoyed reading this story. It is the story of Gabriel. A ten year old boy who no longer believes in Santa because he just can’t understand why other kids get to have a bigger better Christmas than he does. He lives with his mother and while she tries to make Christmas a fun time for him all he can think of are things he would like and feels that his dad, living in the next town over, would be better able to give him. He runs away but doesn’t get too far before he is confronted by a pint sized elf and the most famous reindeer of all. What follows is a delightful spin on the classic Christmas Carol, with Gabriel learning that shiny and expensive doesn’t buy happiness.
I read this out loud for my family, a tradition that my son admits he has outgrown, but will “endure” just for me (insert winky face here). The book is dynamic and written in language appropriate for chapter readers.
December 12, 2015
I absolutely loved this tale! I'm not the only one either, my three year old daughter who still is only interested in picture books has made me read it to her four times already! Well written, imaginative, and heartfelt. Hope to see more children books from this author!
December 2, 2015
What a beautiful, quick read to not only get you into the holliday spirit, but to also remind of the true meaning of the season.
Gabriel is much like other 10 year old little boys, wanting the newest and coolest gadgets available. He knows his estranged father and his new family will be celebrating Christmas with those gifts, and decides he wants to leave his loving Mom to join his Father's family in hopes he too will be gifted the items that everyone else has. However, in his travels to his dad's, he encounters an unexpected visitor or two.
"I'm almost ten, I’m far too old to be crying. Crying is for babies. I need to be a big boy, and big boys aren’t afraid of anything."
A heartwarming tale of a little boy's journey of discovery, and finding what is truly important in this day of technology and want.
Beautiful, funny, and heartfelt.
December 22, 2015
I chose this book for a little boy just like main character Gabriel - 9 going on 10, fourth grade, single mom, dad with someone new, struggling with believing in himself and in Santa. He read to us, his mom and grandparents, with enthusiasm and enjoyed it completely, as did we.
Congratulations to author McCabe on writing an engaging and spellbinding tale for little guys.
December 16, 2015
Loved it. Christmas from the point of view of a 10 year old child. The journey the child takes as he realizes that Christmas isn't all about great and lavish presents, is amazing. The author was inspired by his son, and this story is inspirational to all parents who have children. I absolutely loved this story, and it is the hope that Santa, his elves, and reindeer are never truly forgotten.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
January 26, 2016
wonderful book a must read
5 🌟 book it is so great I even read it in the summer time in the way home from Hidden Falls Camp.
July 16, 2017