Chris Kringle’s Cops: The First Mission by Ellwyn Autumn is a fun, holiday-themed children’s book that should please young readers any time of year.
Patty has an inexplicable desire to work for Santa, but when she visits him at the mall, her little brother Sean steals the letters for Santa written by other children.
Patty and Sean have just lost their mother, and Sean does not feel that other kids deserve to get what they want this Christmas. When Patty attempts to deliver gifts to those children, she ends up in the North Pole with an agent of the “CKC” and helps him deliver these toys. She also meets some rather sinister girls, Missy and Jade, who threaten her mission and reveal yet another obstacle — a man named Senator Claudius who would like nothing more than to suck all the jolly out of Patty.
There is much action in Chris Kringle’s Cops: The First Mission, from the early scenes with Patty at the mall and at home, to the imaginative flight to the North Pole. Patty is a fun character who has much to learn about herself, and as the book moves on she finds out some interesting secrets about a magic birthmark she’s always had, her connection with Santa and the North Pole, and her mother. The book makes a few leaps from happy moments to sad moments, especially when Patty talks about her mother.
The tone is perfect for the holidays in that respect. There is always a sense of this Christmas adventure being bittersweet for Patty. Author Ellwyn Autumn keeps the action moving, and there is always something new going on, which should please young readers and keep them engaged. Overall, I enjoyed the book and recommend it for children. It would make a great Christmas gift!