December 03, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

The Paper Bag Christmas

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Kevin Alan Milne
publisher
Center Street
genre
Fiction
We gave it a B-

Subtle this book is not. The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne is the story of two kids whose parents sign them up to volunteer as Santa’s elves at the local children’s cancer ward, where they meet a parade of caricatures: a tough-tawkin’ janitor from ”da Bronx,” an excessively polite young Indian patient, and a jolly doctor named (say it fast) Christoffer K. Ringle, who might be the real ?St. Nick. Still, if you can get past the ham-fisted schmaltziness of it all, there is a sweet, if not exactly innovative, tale here about the true spirit of Christmas. B?

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