I’m not going to lie. My first reaction whenever a writer asks me to read and review his/her book is usually “I don’t wanna do this…I don’t wanna do this…I don’t wanna do this!” And I really need to get my attitude in check, because I’ve been blessed, lately, with a slew of awesome independently-published books. Quirky Claus is one such book.
It’s not often that I’m delighted while reading a book I’m reviewing, but delighted is exactly how Quirky Claus left me feeling.
Quirky Claus is a children’s picture book that tells the tale of a rather…well…quirky Santa-Claus-type character and his trusty companion, Timothy Toucan.
Reading Quirky Claus brought me back to my childhood days [and that’s no small task, given how far back those days are!]. I remember spending hours looking through a single picture book, so full of detail and immersive were the illustrations! I’d memorize every detail, imagining myself in the world the writer and illustrators created.
Quirky Claus is no different. Full-color illustrations that explode off the page! The colors are vibrant and perfectly selected to convey the polar setting in which the story takes pace. And the brief journey to Antigua Bay puts you right under the sea with a couple of hungry sharks. If you haven’t grasped what I’m saying here, let me break it down: the illustrations are just plain gorgeous!
It’s a magical story full of personality and hijinks, with characters that will have your children laughing for some time. While it’s clearly a holiday-style story, it contains a message that parents will want their children to hear year round: Be Good! Speaking as a parent here, I wish it were around when my son was younger.
Full disclosure: I’ve been a Twitter and email friend of Sebastian White for a couple of years now…met him in the early days of building my writer platform. He was kind enough to send me a copy of the story for review. He’s a great guy and simply has a talent for children’s stories, which, let me tell you, are no easy things to write! Have you ever tried to keep the attention of a 3-year old for longer than 20-seconds? Parents…back me up here!
Quirky Claus is targeted at an audience between 4 – 8 years of age, though children as young as 2 and as old as the “tween” years have been known to enjoy it. I believe my son would have loved this even before he could read, simply because of how detailed and immersive the illustrations are.
If you have young ones in your life, do yourself a favor and give them a copy of Quirky Claus. I promise you won’t regret it!
If you’re so inclined to give it a shot, hurry over to Sebastian’s online store and pick up your copy of Quirky Claus today! While you’re there, browse around the sample pages to see more of what you’ll find inside Quirky Claus!
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Nat Russo is the Amazon #1 Bestselling Fantasy author of Necromancer Awakening and Necromancer Falling. Nat was born in New York, raised in Arizona, and has lived just about everywhere in-between. He’s gone from pizza maker, to radio DJ, to Catholic seminarian (in a Benedictine monastery, of all places), to police officer, to software engineer. His career has taken him from central Texas to central Germany, where he worked as a defense contractor for Northrop Grumman. He's spent most of his adult life developing software, playing video games, running a Cub Scout den, gaining/losing weight, and listening to every kind of music under the sun. Along the way he managed to earn a degree in Philosophy and a black belt in Tang Soo Do. He currently makes his home in central Texas with his wife, teenager, mischievous beagle, and goofy boxador.
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