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The Longest Christmas List Ever    by Gregg Spiridellis & Evan Spiridellis order for
Longest Christmas List Ever
by Gregg Spiridellis
Order:  USA  Can
Hyperion, 2009 (2009)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

A cautionary tale about a little boy named Trevor who wanted too much for Christmas, this is the perfect book for the child who perhaps believes Santa should fulfill his every wish.

Since Trevor left a few gifts off the previous year's Christmas gift list, the youngster starts early creating his new must have list of presents. As the weeks roll by the list gets longer and longer and longer.

'By spring Trevor's list stretched 500 feet ...
By summer it made its way to Main Street ...
By fall it was two blocks beyond the bookstore ...
By winter it reached the post-office door!

Then, disaster strikes. When he goes to mail his list to Santa, the little boy discovers it will cost six trillion dollars to get it to the North Pole. With only a nickel and two dimes in his pocket, Trevor has a problem. What's he going to do? Shorten his list, of course, or at least try to squeeze everything onto one sheet!

With time running out Trevor realizes he isn't going to be able to get the job done. On Christmas Eve, the little boy lies in bed, joyless.

'He knew in the morning that he would be toy-less.
"What was I thinking? Where was my head?
I asked for too much - I'll get nothing instead!"

Were the child's fears realized and was this the worst Christmas ever for Trevor? Perhaps! You'll have to read the story to find out.

Now in paperback for the first time, this rhymed Christmas story has become a classic in many households. The message here isn't subtle, but living in a consumer driven society as we do, it shouldn't be!

At a time when many families must curtail their holiday spending, this might be a picture book to share with children BEFORE Christmas. After reading it to your child, discuss the idea of quantity vs. quality and why perhaps sharing just a few special gifts might be a better way of celebrating the holidays.

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