Enzo and the Christmas Tree Hunt!

 
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Enzo and the Christmas Tree Hunt!
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
September 22, 2015
ISBN
0062295322
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The unforgettable dog Enzo, first introduced in the New York Times bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, helps his family, Denny and Zoë, find the perfect Christmas tree in this heartwarming holiday tale. Author Garth Stein tells this touching story about the true spirit of Christmas in this second Enzo picture book. Fans of A Very Marley Christmas by John Grogan and Charlie and the Christmas Kitty by Ree Drummond will delight in Enzo's wise personality and funny antics. The family heads off to the tree farm, filled with noble firs, cider, and Newfoundlands—the biggest dogs Enzo has ever seen, who help haul the Christmas trees away on sleds. But as Zoë and Enzo search for the ultimate tree, the snow begins to fall and Zoë loses her way. When Enzo comes to her rescue (with a few of his perfect puppy howls), he proves that family is never far behind. R. W. Alley's fantastic illustrations bring the beloved Enzo to life with lots of Christmas cheer.

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Lovely Christmastime Reading
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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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