Wednesday 25 August 2010

The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy by Bruce Whatley (Random House)

HB RRP $24.95
ISBN 978-1-8647-1990-1
Reviewed by Oliver Phommavanh

The Little Drummer Boy is a delightful Christmas tale by Bruce Whatley and a picture book for all ages. The story is about a wooden Christmas ornament, a little drummer boy who is given to a sweet girl named Annie. Annie’s affections for the drummer boy grow over the years and eventually through different generations. It’s a touching tale about Christmas traditions that stand the test of time.

Whatley’s illustrations are warm and inviting. There are some glorious illustrations that bring Christmas to life, with a dazzling Christmas tree being one of the highlights. I loved seeing Annie grow up, and I’m sure that readers will enjoy seeing the little drummer boy change too. Whatley’s humour is littered throughout the story, making it a great story to read aloud, especially leading up to Christmas.

The Little Drummer Boy is a warm tale that breathes new life into an old Christmas tradition. It’s recommended for ages 3 and up.

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