Everything is running smoothly in Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole until five elves decide to walk off their jobs in search of jobs that are “more important… bigger… flashy… less silly” so they could be “Grand and Great”. The elves soon find out that they’re not cut out for some of their job choices, while Santa’s Workshop is in disarray with their key elves gone. Dejected from their misadventures, the elves return to Santa's Workshop and are welcomed back by Santa. As Santa explains, they are already great when they work with love and care, tapping into what is their CHRISTMAS BEST.
"Overall, this is a lovely message wrapped in a brightly colored package. The story is sure to empower its audience, knowing that even the littlest things done with care can change the world." -- BlueInk Review
"Diana Kizlauskas's holiday-themed picture book for children,Christmas Best, is a gentle and humorous fable about the importance of every chore, job or task, no matter how little it may seem. As Tap, Tweak and the others discover, all the other jobs they thought would be perfect for them fell through, and Santa's Toy Shop was soon in disarray without their important skills. Kizlauskas's story flows beautifully and is sprinkled with word pairs, jingles and matching sounds that will make reading this book aloud at story time as much fun as it is to listen to it. Each panel is gorgeously and intricately illustrated with myriad details designed to delight and surprise the careful reader. The vocabulary and repetition of sounds and words also make this an ideal selection for new readers to try on their own.Christmas Bestis most highly recommended." -- Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite (5 Stars)