About the BookTitle: 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: 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 Book 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”.
The Buzz About Santa’s Izzy Elves
Book 1 (Tizzy): “Tizzy, The Christmas Shelf Elf is a clever holiday read-aloud story featuring two excited siblings who sneak down early Christmas morning and discover a very special surprise. Only through their discovery of the magic of books do they find a way to send Tizzy back home. Kudos to the author for highlighting the importance of books! I recommend this book to be read aloud to children ages 5 and older.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Book 1 (Tizzy): “This is a delightful and cleverly written rhymed poem, sprinkled with echoes of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with a similar rhythm and rhyme scheme but not a slave to it.” ~ 5 Star Review, Carolyn P., Amazon
Book 2 (Blizzy): “Such a wonderful mystery and perfect for pre-readers and those getting ready to read. Jensen has a very creative personality put to good use while developing this series about Santa’s elves.” ~ 5 Star Review, Gene G., Amazon
Book 2 (Blizzy): “Any kid would love this poetic bedtime story.” ~ 5 Star Review, robinsm, Amazon
Book 3 (Dizzy): “I love the story and especially the artwork in this book. A great read for my children for the upcoming Holiday.” ~ 5 Star Review, Ben L., Amazon
Book 3 (Dizzy): “If you haven’t read this series, you are missing out! The Izzy Elves are awesome, and the Dizzy story is really our family favorite so far.” ~ 5 Star Review, BookLover, Amazon
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 HoodShayne Hood is a professional animator and illustrator. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree at the California Institute of the Arts.
***My Personal Review***
This is an amazingly cute story with a LOT of things for children to learn - Frizzy is depressed because Christmas is coming and she must give out all of the dolls she has made over the year. It upsets her and makes her feel less important, something a lot of children can relate to. But then her friend Dizzy tells her what she has is called S.A.D. or Seasonal Affection Distress and suggests that she try other elf specialties like making trucks. Then what Frizzy decides to do WITH the trucks to make them better is considered a terrible idea by the other elves. Will Frizzy's idea work and help her deal with her depressed state? This is such a complex story but is written for little children and even though they may not realize it at the time, reading this will help them deal with their own problems.
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.
***I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for an open and honest review***