Merry Christmas, Little Elliot – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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Title: Merry Christmas, Little Elliot

Written and illustrated by: Mike Curato 

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 2018

Ages: 3-5

Themes: friendship, Christmas spirit, togetherness, New York City




Little Elliot was not excited about Christmas.

“Let’s go see Santa,” said Mouse.


Little Elliot the elephant isn’t quite sure what Christmas spirit is, but he suspects he doesn’t have it. Not even a visit to Santa Claus can put Elliot in the right mood. But when chance blows a letter for Santa into Elliot and Mouse’s path, the two friends discover what Christmas is all about–and make a new friend, too. A heartfelt celebration of the season of giving! Perfect for sharing around the holidays. (Publisher)

Why I like this book:

Little Elliot is back, and as adorable as ever. The message is as poignant as ever and the art is the evocative vintage Elliot-style we have come to expect from Mike Curato. Once again the story hones in on themes of friendship, innocence, togetherness… I adore the setting of vintage New York city with familiar scenes as Elliot and Mouse attend the ballet, visit Rockefeller Center, go sledding – and eventually hop into a Manhattan cab to try and make someone else’s Christmas dream come true… and maybe find some Christmas spirit for themselves as well. 

This is a heartwarming, around-the-fire type tale to read as you snuggle up before bed on a winter evening. It has a timeless feel and is a great reminder to us all to resist the commercial side of this holiday and embrace its truest and best meaning.


I’d be tempted to save this up to read on Christmas Eve when you want to not dampen excitement, but harness it. Or you could pop this in your child’s stocking for Christmas morning!

This post is part of a series by authors and children’s literature bloggers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays. For more picture book suggestions see Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.


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5 Responses to Merry Christmas, Little Elliot – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Bobbi says:

    Elliot is a perfect choice! Thank you for this!

  2. Joanna says:

    You are welcome. Yes, his big heart embodies the best of the Christmas tradition.

  3. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    I’ve got to recommend this one to my favorite local indie, tout de suite! If they aren’t already carrying it…..It sounds like a perfect read for any time of the year.

  4. Another Little Eliot book. The story sounds adorable and that cover really is all “cuteness.” Wished I knew about this one sooner. Great share.

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