Author Dorothea Jensen has beamed Clement Moore’s classic 19th century poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” into the 21st century with these five illustrated, contemporary, and rhyming Christmas stories featuring Santa’s Izzy Elves.
The Izzies are eight tech-savvy elves who help with each other's problems and celebrate each other's successes. One reviewer said these books “teach a high standard of language use and positive messages.”
Perfect for elementary school-aged kids who enjoy rhymes, rhythm, and word play à la Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, another reviewer described them this way: “They are rich in plot and language, reflect the lives of kids today, and keep the fun, anticipation, and magic of Christmas alive.”
Another reader loved that the “. . .super-witty rhymes and references to contemporary life will have a direct appeal to the minds and hearts of today’s children. The illustrations are wonderfully engaging—so colorful, contemporary, whimsical, and imaginative and at the same time evoking classic illustration styles of the past. . .the poetic language of the book also shows this same kind of double evocation of past children’s classics and the contemporary life of children.”
The Izzy Elves stories can be purchased on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, IndieBound.com, etc. They can be ordered from any bookstore. A Kindle edition and an audiobook are also available. Autographed copies are for sale directly from the author through her website. Please note: the direct buy links for specific editions below earn the author a small percentage as an Amazon Associate.
Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf: Santa’s Izzy Elves #1
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Two naughty boys, Alex and Owen, sneak downstairs early on Christmas morning. There they find Tizzy, one of Santa's Izzy Elves, who has been packed inside a present by mistake. Tizzy says that Santa's sleigh is powered by the imagination of children, and asks the boys to use their own imaginations to send him back to the North Pole. But how?
Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf: Santa’s Izzy Elves #2
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Snow globe maker Blizzy (Tizzy’s “favorite lass”) is the only Izzy Elf who notices that Tizzy is missing on Christmas morning. When she starts asking the rest of the Izzies where he could be, however, they think she is just being a “worrywart.” Will clever Blizzy solve the mystery all by herself?
Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf: Santa’s Izzy Elves #3
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Dizzy (Tizzy’s best friend) is eager to have his own adventure. He sneaks aboard Santa’s sleigh, then literally drops into the bedroom of two mischievous boys, Drake and Stuart. The three share a wild joy ride that might be a bit too much of an adventure!
Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf: Santa’s Izzy Elves #4
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Frizzy styles the hair of Christmas dollies, but misses them dreadfully every year when Santa takes them away on Christmas Eve. (She suffers from S.A.D.: Seasonal Affection Distress.) Frizzy decides she needs to change her job so she doesn’t get so attached to the toys she works on. She starts making something completely different but soon finds that her plan isn’t going to work out exactly as she intended!
Bizzy, the Bossy Boots Elf: Santa’s Izzy Elves #5
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Bizzy (Santa's "Right Hand Man") is a great organizer. He not only convinces S. C. (Santa Claus) to let the depressed Izzy Elves go on a much-needed vacation, but he finds a great place where they can blend in--Santa Claus Lane. What he doesn't plan on, however, is the other elves calling him "bossy boots," or two smart boys, Henry and Miles, who might just recognize the Izzies despite their disguises.