About the Book
Title: Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf (Santa’s Izzy Elves #4) | Author: Dorothea Jensen | Illustrator: Shayne Hood | Publication Date: August 2, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 34 | Recommended Ages: 4 to 10
Summary: * Finalist, Red City Review Book Awards *
Santa’s Izzy Elves stories are not your usual picture books – older kids who enjoy playing with words and rhythmical verse will love them, too. One reason for this is that although their stories are told in verse echoing the famous 19th century poem: A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS, Santa’s Izzy Elves are definitely 21st century, with electronics galore!
FRIZZY, THE S.A.D. ELF is the fourth of these poetic tales. In this story, Frizzy, one of Santa’s Izzy Elves, styles the hair of Christmas dollies, but misses them dreadfully 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!
Santa’s Izzy Elves have won a number of literary awards. Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards and has been Story Monster Approved. Plus, the e-book editions of Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf and Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf both received the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award, honoring “the best in family-friendly media”.
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Excerpts and Links to Reviews of “Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf”
Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf received 32 new reviews on Amazon, 28 new reviews on Goodreads, 20 new reviews on Barnes and Noble, and 18 bloggers posted reviews on their websites through this Book Review Blitz.
Naznin Azeez: “This is a very cute book that will capture the attention of little readers and make them fall in love with the rhymes.”
Jane Ritz: “This is a delightful poem that children will enjoy.”
Cyndi F. (Goodreads): “This is a such a cute rhyming book with the best pictures!! Very modern and I really like that. The rhymes are fresh and not just a re-telling and that is great. A great book for around Christmas time, or for a book trade at Christmas.”
Sylleigh (Barnes & Noble): “I wish this future classic had been around when I was a child. I smiled the entire time I was reading it.”
Identity Discovery: “…cute story, great rhyming and poetry,and really cute art.”
Vincent N. (Goodreads): “I am impressed with a book with so many lines, and they all rhyme! That must have taken some brainstorming and creative English poetry skills.”
Christy’s Cozy Corners: “Your kids will love this clever rhyming story with the simple illustrations.”
Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom: “…a cute rhyming story that brings a different spin to one of Santa’s elves lives. Kids love Christmas stories! Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf is a great Christmas gift!”
Stitch Says: “This book is written in rhyme and has some beautiful pictures. It’s also fun to read as Frizzy tries to work out the best place for her skills. Kids who love Christmas will enjoy Frizzy the S.A.D Elf.”
WS Momma Readers Nook: “The illustrations in the book are just lovely – they remind me of chalk drawings with a little bit of watercolor, and they are SO detailed down to the cracks in the wooden chairs. But they are also whimsical and really tell the story through pictures. I just adored this book and I hope you will pick it up and try it as well.”
Julie G. (Goodreads): “A delightful story that touches on the issue of loss and how one little elf does her very best to tackle it. The rhyme was fun, and the illustrations were lovely. I believe this will appeal to the older end of the picture books spectrum, (ages 5-8,) as the kids journey with Frizzy along her path to regain her happiness.”
Writing With Soul by Frelisa Walker: “The writer gives Frizzy’s humanistic characteristics that children can relate to. Parents and their kids have the opportunity to discuss their feelings of being sad or happy and how they handle these emotions. The story fits perfect with the season of giving.”
Jennifer G. (Goodreads): “My 6 year old daughter enjoyed both the story and the pictures. My 3 year old daughter loved the images as well…”
PRATR: “[The] stories are told in verse echoing the famous 19th century poem A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS, Santa’s Izzy Elves are definitely 21st century, with electronics galore!”
The Blended Blog: “It’s cute, adorable and modern day all rolled into one book.”
The Book Lovers’ Lounge: “Although this book is catered to children, I think it also sends out a clear message to the adults. We should all learn that it can take a while to find out what it is we really want and what it is that could truly make us happy.”
Brooke B. (Amazon): “I have a 3 year old and she enjoyed the rhyming story. I liked watching Frizzy go from sad to happy.”
Kay LaLone ~ I Love Books!: “Cute Christmas story for children 3 – 6.”
Jacqueline F. (Amazon): “The book is a fun mix of both traditional and contemporary holiday charm!”
UndercoverBookReviews (Barnes & Noble): “With Christmas just right around the corner, this will be an amazingly cute read for the little ones.”
A Bit Bookish: “I loved the story told in rhyme. My 6 year old is LOVING poems right now… so I know this is going to be an absolute hit this Christmas.”
Adalinc to Life: “This book is written in a rhyming verse that is engaging and entertaining. It incorporates familiar snippets from old classics and links to the present day which children will connect too. The illustrations are bold, bright and very colourful and add to warmth of the story. Frizzy the S.A.D Elf could become another family classic holiday tradition.”
Books Direct: “A good modern Christmas story for today’s kids.”
Karen (Goodreads): “Hi, I received a copy of this book to read to my daughter, 5, who also has high-functioning autism. I think it’s great that a book about a mental/emotional health issue is being addressed and explained in a way that children can understand. I think it was great that it was done with humour and poise, with some clever rhyming to make it nice and catchy.”
BeachBoundBooks: “This is such a wonderful story which is told in rhyme and set to the rhythm of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, one of my favorite Christmas stories. Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf, is a lighthearted and touching story that will delight readers young and old. The illustrations are creatively colorful and I found them appealing.”
Amy B. (Amazon): “I read this to my daughter and she loved the rhyming of the story. The illustrations were colorful and eye-catching. Even the elves name were a great touch with the rhyming. All in all a great story for a young child with a meaningful lesson.”
Tonya D. (Goodreads): “The plot is well paced, offers plenty of smiles and made me just want to hug Frizzy once or twice.”
Mami Tales (Child Review): “I decided to ask my 6 year-old daughter to read the story and give me her opinion…She did enjoy it, but she asked to read it again on her own before giving me her opinion. Once she was done with the second reading she gave me her verdict: she liked the book very much, and thought it was very funny and cute.”
Deitre (Goodreads): “This little Christmas story is filled with entertaining rhyme throughout. It’s almost as if it’s a modern day story of an elf on a mission with a twist.”
Arlene M. (Amazon): “The book is written in rhyme. It is great for older and younger kids. My boys thought this was funny and enjoyed listening.”
Oh My Bookness: “A picture book with simple illustrations, very nicely done fitting with the story. Frizzy’s story is the fourth book in the series with each book their is a lessoned to be learned.”
Wild About Reading “Donalisa” (Amazon): “My girls loved this tale and the solution to the story. I love having a new Christmas story to read.”
About the Author: Dorothea Jensen
Dorothea Jensen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Carleton College, and a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. She is the author of The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, an award-winning novel for young readers about the American Revolution. Named an International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choice Selection soon after publication, it is read in schools throughout the United States. More recently, Riddle earned a first prize in the historical fiction category of the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Award, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published an e-book edition in 2014, twenty-five years after its original release.
Deedy recently completed A Buss From Lafayette, another historical novel for middle graders. She is now working on a new story, set in seventeenth century Massachusetts, called A Scalp on the Moon.The fifth Izzy Elf story, featuring Bizzy, is also in the works.
About the Illustrator: Shayne Hood
Shayne Hood is a professional animator and illustrator. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree at the California Institute of the Arts.