Saturday, November 8, 2014

Children's Book Review: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - 75th Anniversary Edition | by Robert L. May & Antonio Javier Caparo

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Little Simon
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The original story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—written in verse by his creator, Robert L. May—now with charming new illustrations!

Every year at Christmastime, everyone—young and old alike—has one catchy, joy-inspiring song stuck in their heads: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!” Now fans of the most famous reindeer of all-time can fall in love with the original story, written by Robert L. May in 1939.

Rudolph, a youthful reindeer buck who possesses an unusual luminous red nose, is harassed mercilessly and excluded by his peers because of this trait. One particularly stormy Christmas Eve, Rudolph manages to prove himself after Santa Claus catches sight of his nose and asks him to lead his sleigh for the evening. Rudolph agrees, saving Christmas, and is finally treated the way he deserves by his fellow reindeer!

     This is the original story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, written by Robert L. May in 1939 for Montgomery Ward. Out of all the versions of it currently available in print, this is most definitely my favorite one - all thanks to Antonio Javier Caparo absolutely stunning watercolor illustrations

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     Who doesn't know The Red-Nosed Rudolph? Santa Claus' brave little helper, spirited and dedicated. His story is a moving one, it pulls on your heart strings and reminds you to always believe in yourself and to never stop trying. Rudolph story is a true classic, filled with magic and Christmas spirit. It fills your heart with joy and warmth, it excites and entertains, and it teaches us that dreams really do come true

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     This gorgeous 75th Anniversary Edition feels and looks like a pricey collectors item, in that it's really magnificently designed, embellished with golden accents on the cover and dust jacket, and printed on a high quality glossy paper. It's completely fantastic and it makes for a perfect Christmas gift

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     Caparo's illustrations are beyond enchanting and mesmerizing. They are so rich in details, so full of life, so heartfelt and captivating, you find yourself staring at them completely awestruck and spell-bound. They are simply beautiful and I can't tell you how much I love them. Combined with May's timeless, heartwarming story, they create something truly special and worth cherishing. 

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     Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is a story I will be reading to and with my daughter every year around Christmas time. We will make big steaming mugs of hot-chocolate, we'll grab a plate of home-baked cookies and a warm blanket, and we'll cozy up against each other and get swept away into the world of magic, Santa Claus, sparkling snow, shining stars and presents. And Rudolph will be our guide.

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