Title: Lionel’s Christmas Adventure
Author: Paul Hewlett
Release Date: November 2012
Series?: Lionel’s Grand Adventure
Genre: holidays, middle grades
Have you ever wanted something you couldn’t have?
Meet Lionel, a loveable bully-magnet who desperately wants a new sled and will do anything to get it.This fun Christmas book follows Lionel from Larrystown to the North Pole. His magical Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot is back and is as unpredictable as ever. Whether Lionel is sledding, ice skating, or in a life-sized gingerbread village, it takes him on some grand adventures. Filled with great Christmas imagery, this book is perfect for young readers and family story time. This holiday, be careful what you wish for, you never know what might happen!
***** Review *****
This was a wonderfully sweet holiday read. Lionel is the kind of kid who needs some extra love and attention. He doesn’t have it too good at home, so he spends a lot of time with his friend Skip, and his family. Lionel’s like a second child in Skip’s family, which a lot of kids can relate to.
Lionel gets in a spot of trouble with some bullies, and uses his Walbaun foot. He ends up the first time in the girls bathroom! Next stop: North Pole.
During his visit to the North Pole and his conversations with Santa himself, Lionel learns several very valuable lessons. He realizes he already has exactly what he’s wanted, and when he returns home he shows his new revelations in his words and actions.
Lionel’s character and thoughts are perfect for teaching younger ones the true spirit of the holidays, and ways that we as community members can give back to others and it doesn’t cost us anything but some time and kindness. Join Lionel in spreading some Christmas cheer!
***** About the Author *****
Paul Hewlett lives in Illinois with his wife and adopted senior dog, JoJo. He loves White Sox baseball, Indiana Hoosier basketball, reading, writing, and spending time outdoors. He is an Air Force vet who went back to college to get an A.A. degree. Currently he is working on his Bachelor’s degree at Eastern Illinois University.