Saturday, December 13, 2014

Advent Reads Day 13: Kringle by Tony Abbott

Synopsis: "Just in time for Christmas comes a fantasy epic from one of today's most popular writers for children. It is the story of a young orphan realizing his destiny -- to become the legendary Kris Kringle.

Unlike the traditional Santa Claus myth, KRINGLE is a coming-of-age story about an orphan who becomes a force for good in a dark and violent time. It is a tale of fantasy, of goblins, elves, and flying reindeer -- and of a boy from the humblest beginnings who fulfills his destiny.

Our tale begins in 500 A.D., when goblins kidnapped human children and set them to work in underground mines. Kringle is one such child.... until he discovers his mission - to free children from enslavement. His legend lives on today, as he travels the earth every Christmas Eve to quell the goblins once more."

My Review: I really had to push through this one. I liked the idea of this book but it didn't work the way I expected. The narration is really awkward and at times you wonder if Kringle is actually having a conversation with the person narrating or with himself. Then it takes beloved characters and really pushes them in a direction far from what we know and expect, which it is great to have a little creativity and twist the stories but this one took it a little too far for my liking. It also took many of the traditional Christmas beliefs and forced them together. Maybe this will work for someone who is a little more open minded but it just didn't work to push these classic stories so far from the norm and then force them together.
My Rating: I have been waiting nearly a year to read this book, it sounded interesting and the cover is stunning, but what a let down.  I can only give this one a rating of One Paw and a Stump Wag.

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