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Jolly’s Christmas, by Ken Robb | Dedicated Review

Review sponsored by Ken Robb
The Children’s Book Review | September 7, 2018

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Written by Ken Robb

Age Range: All Ages

Paperback: 44 pages

Publisher: Archway Publishing (2018)

ISBN: 978-1-4808-6463-4

What to Expect: Christmas, Inspirational Storyline, Disabled Characters.

Jolly’s Christmas is the story of a young moose who dreams of flying like a reindeer.  A talented athlete, Jolly dreams of leading his team to victory in the North Pole Winter Wonderland Games.  However, to realize his dreams Jolly will face challenges beyond anything he might have imagined.  From sabotage by other athletes to an unexpected attack by vicious poachers, Jolly encounters set-back after set-back as he tries to pursue his dream of flying. However, when a daring leap to freedom leaves him paralyzed in both back legs, Jolly comes to understand that the greatest challenge will come not from others, but from himself.  Can Jolly find the strength and determination to follow his heart?  In this heartwarming Christmas tale, everything depends on Jolly believing in himself.

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Although there are a number of good picture books available that deal with the theme of disability, many more are needed; for this reason, Jolly’s Christmas is a welcome addition to the available children’s Christmas stories.  The story’s focus on sportsmanship and teamwork is particularly valuable: through a colorful cast of animal characters, Robb reminds readers that no matter what a person’s physical characteristics might be, each and every individual has something valuable to offer to others.  Stark storytelling characterized by present tense active verbs focuses the reader’s attention on the action, emphasizing that despite his disability, Jolly is far from disabled.  This is an endearing tale with a valuable message which goes beyond the usual sentimentality of Christmas spirit to encourage genuine caring for oneself and for others: it’s a beautiful story.

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About the Author

Ken Robb is a storyteller who enjoys developing characters and bringing them to life in books and on film. While growing up in Colorado, Ken learned to ski and watched physically challenged athletes train. Their courage, determination, and spirit provided inspiration for his first children’s book, Jolly’s Christmas. Ken completed the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting and continues to write and pitch film and television screenplays in addition to his book projects.

Jolly Kryzmooz lives in the NorthWoodz and enjoys playing sports and competing with his friends.  Jolly’s journey started as a screenplay and written by Ken.  The screenplay has been well received by reviewers and in competitions. The picture book started as a proof of concept for the movie.  If you would like more information about the screenplay, please contact Ken or Jolly.

For more information, visit:  jollyschristmas.com

Contact: kr [at] jollyschristmas [dot] com

Accolades

Jolly’s Christmas Screenplay Competition Success

Quarter-Finalist in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Finalist in the Canadian Faith & Family Film Festival

Quarter-Finalist in the Screencraft Family Screenplay Contest

Honorable Mention in the Colorado Film Festival

Second Rounder at the Austin Film Festival.

Dedicated Reviews allow authors and illustrators to gain prompt visibility for their work. Ken Robb sponsored this non-biased review of “Jolly’s Christmas.” Learn more about getting a book review …

Jen Harrison currently teaches English Composition and Composition Skills at East Stroudsburg University. She completed her PhD in Children's and Victorian Literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK. There she also acted as an instructor teaching undergraduate courses on literature and literary theory, as well as further education courses on Children's Literature and Creative Writing. After a brief spell in administration, Jen then trained as a secondary school English teacher, and worked for several years teaching Secondary School English, working independently as a private tutor of English, and working in nursery and primary schools as a substitute teacher. After moving from the UK to the USA in 2016, Jen is very happy to have returned to higher education. Her current research focuses on three primary areas in the field of children’s literature: reader-writer relationships, thing-theory, and the supernatural; she is a reviewer for the International Research Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (IRSCL), as well as the Children's Book Review. Jen also writes an academic blog on Children's Literature, Worrisome Words: http://quantum.esu.edu/faculty/jharrison/. You can also find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.harrison.73594

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