Doodle and the Magic Christmas Float – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest
Cindy L. Shirley
Cindy L. Shirley’s Doodle and the Magic Christmas Float is an adorable holiday tale for young children. Young Doodle often has friends come over to her grandparents, and they all enjoy playing on the farm and learning from Paw-Paw, Doodle’s grandfather. One day the children found a trailer in the woods that needed a little fixing up. With the help of Paw-Paw and Mimi, Doodle’s grandmother, Doodle and her friends turned it into a beautiful float for the upcoming Christmas parade. The children’s experience turned out to be downright magical -more than Doodle would’ve ever guessed.
Written as a beautifully sweet story, Doodle and the Magic Christmas Float is embued with more than just decorating an old trailer for a parade. It expresses the emotional joy of friendship and helping another -one who hasn’t had much attention as of late- all while displaying the bond between grandparents and grandchildren. There are some grammatical errors that a more thorough proofreading would fix, but they don’t detract from the charming story.
Due to author, Cindy L. Shirley’s wonderful writing skills and illustrator, Cleoward Sky’s gorgeous illustrations, Doodle and the Magic Christmas Float would make a perfect gift from grandparents to their grandchildren. It would also be a wonderful story read at school or a local library before having a children’s holiday craft workshop. With such a wonderfully written story, there is great potential for where Shirley’s Doodle and the Magic Christmas Float can be read and enjoyed -even though it’s niched into a short period of time each year.
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.