About the Book:
Title: Comet The Unstoppable Reindeer
Author/Illustrator: Jim Benton
Pub. Date: September 15, 2020
Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the blog tour for Comet The Unstoppable Reindeer. Special thanks to Two Lions and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
After breaking up an elf fight (tensions rise when elves don’t get a day off), Comet is sporting a sling and cast. And to make matter worse, the doctor grounds him from his annual Christmas ride with Santa. Poor Comet is feeling pretty down and alone but then realizes Santa forgot his sack of toys. It’s 2020 so he calls Santa’s cell but with all the noise, Santa doesn’t answer.
Comet tries to lift the bag but it’s way too heavy. Attempts using a lever and a hoist are unsuccessful. Comet feels defeated until he reads a sweet letter from a boy who asks for a pig on a bike for his little sister. After seeing that toy at the top of the sack, Comet is now determined to deliver it to the bright yellow house with a bright blue roof.
Circling the world, Comet searches for the house and realizes that flying and delivering gifts is a true skill. He has to battle chimneys, minivans, geese and hard landings. Riddled with scrapes, limps, pains, and lumps, Comet is distraught. How will he ever find the little boy’s house?
With a hilarious rhyming text, I laughed out loud after reading each page. Benton did a fabulous job of keeping the plot moving with each stanza. Comet’s positive traits of helpfulness, diligence, perseverance, and empathy shined through both in the text and bold and energetic cartoon illustrations. Comet’s feelings are very evident from looking at his expressions. I especially loved the illustrations showing how moved Comet was when he read the little boy’s letter and later, finally figured out the location of his house (spoiler, but hey, Christmas stories must have a happy ending).
If you are looking for a humorous holiday book with a feel good message, look no further than Comet The Unstoppable Reindeer. Looking forward to sharing it as a read aloud next week with my students!
About the Author/Illustrator:
Jim Benton is the award-winning creator of the New York Times bestselling series Dear Dumb Diary and Franny K. Stein as well as the popular It’s Happy Bunny brand. His books have sold more than fifteen million copies in twenty-five countries and have garnered numerous honors. Like Comet, Jim knows what it’s like to hobble around in a cast; however, he is still learning to fly. Find out more about him at JimBenton.com.
One lucky winner will receive a copy of Comet The Unstoppable Reindeer courtesy of Two Lions (U.S. addresses only). This giveaway is open from Friday, December 11, 2020 through Friday, December 17, 2020 ending at 10:00 p.m. EST. Please note that book may take longer to ship so patience is appreciated. Enter below or head over to my Twitter account, @lauramossa and retweet my Comet The Unstoppable Reindeer blog tour post.