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Sunday 1 October 2023

Review: Plume: Christmas Elf

Plume: Christmas Elf
is a bright and busy festive celebration. It's the fourth book in the series about the curious penguin who loves to travel.

Of course, it all starts in Antarctica in the enormous library where Plume lives with his friends. 

They're busy cooking and decorating when Ava the albatross arrives with dreadful news. Santa is sick, and so are the reindeer! 

Will Plume and Ava be able to save Christmas? It's all aboard the Albatross Express if you want to find out.

Tania McCartney is an author and illustrator who really knows how to take something from her imagination and lay it all out on the pages of a book. Plume's Christmas is a visual feast for the eyes. From Santa's workshop with toy-filled conveyor belts, to a magical sleigh ride through the starry night, and sharing gifts in Antarctica, colours and patterns and joyful characters, bring it all to life.

The glittery cover features Plume in his Christmas elf outfit. End papers offer a world map to follow Plume's trip. As he travels the world in one night, Plume takes part in the celebrations and makes new friends. The story is packed with details including cultural foods, decorations, activities, and greetings in language. Lighting candles, ringing bells, exchanging gifts, singing carols, and playing cricket on the beach. See how many you can spot. 

Plume the penguin is a cultural ambassador and travel guide. I love how his adventures showcase the unique characteristics of different countries and cultures, and encourage harmony and friendship. Plume: Christmas Elf is a treat for all the family. 

Title: Plume: Christmas Elf
Author/Illustrator: Tania McCartney
Publisher: Hardie Grant Explore, $ 24.99
Publication Date: October 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781741177923
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book