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Lovely Christmastime Reading
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
1.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
What I loved:
Who couldn't fall in love with Enzo, one of the most adorable puppies ever illustrated? ENZO AND THE CHRISTMAS TREE HUNT starts with Zoe explaining Christmastime to her trusty companion. First they put up decorations, then it's off to find the perfect Christmas tree. Enzo's relationship with Zoe is heartwarming and sweet, and the colored pencil illustrations are soft, detailed, and delightful to behold.

What left me wanting more:
This book would've been perfect for younger ones if the Christmas tree hunt was the central story. However, it feels like there are two stories in one. After Zoe and Enzo find the perfect tree, they end up lonely and lost on the tree farm, cold and shivering, unsure that help will come. What follows is a lost child story that could worry and frighten little ones. I skipped over this part when reading it to my 2 year old, and I won't be pulling this book out again until he's a few years older when he can better tackle the idea of getting lost or separated from his parents. What also makes the book feel like two in one is the length. It's quite hefty for a picture book, with over 33 pages of lengthy paragraphs.

Overall:
For kindergarten-age kids and up, this book would make for lovely Christmastime reading by the fire.
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