Back to Christmas

  • by Dennis Canfield
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award Winner! Twelve-year-old Amanda Krumwerth can't believe her eyes or her ears. She's come face-to-face with an elf from the North Pole. And not just any elf; he's Marmel, head of Santa's Department for Labeling Humans Naughty or Nice. Marmel just told Amanda there is not one good quality about anyone in her family, so they are all destined to go onto the Permanent Naughty List. With only two days before the sun sets on Christmas, how can Amanda prove Marmel wrong and save her family from their fate? Find out in this delightful new story about an unhappy elf, an unpleasant family and the true meaning of Christmas.
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"...this quirky and charming Christmas tale is as good as it gets." (AudioFile Magazine)


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Great Family Road Trip Book

This is a review of the updated version of this book and the new audio version narrated by Simon Vance.

This book was so cute! A great Christmas story that I can see being made into a movie.

Marmel, head labeling elf he is in charge of labeling the naughty and nice and he is in a tizzy because Santa changed the rules and now no one is on the naughty list but Marmel has found a whole family (The Krumwerth’s) that he thinks should be on the permanent naughty list, no more chances they are just bad, bad, bad, at least according to Marmel. However, Santa wants to give them a chance to redeem themselves, much to Marmel’s chagrin. According to the rules Marmel must inform the family they are in danger of being on the naughty list forever, so he heads to the house and informs teenaged Amanda of the family’s fate. We also get to see Santa’s brother RC (Reverse Claus) who lives on the South Pole and wears green and has green and white candy canes, which I will never look at without thinking of RC again!

I enjoyed the Krumwerth family too they used to have fun on Christmas but have somehow forgotten their Christmas spirit, but they aren’t the only ones Marmel seems to be having a problem with this himself and for and Elf that is a very bad thing to happen.

The story is told by Marmel & Amanda in alternating chapters as you see how they try to get their Christmas Spirit back. I enjoyed the family stuff and know what it is like when Christmas becomes more of a chore than the fun and family it is supposed to be. I also enjoyed the scenes in the South Pole and hope maybe RC will get his own book one of these days!

I truly enjoyed this book and can so see it as movie **Hello Hollywood… Do You Hear Me? **

I highly recommend this fun book, even if you are done with your Christmas reads for the year I say pick one more up. I will be buying a paper copy for our library.

Simon Vance’s narration is very well done. This would make a great family roadtrip book!

4 ½ Stars
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- MissSusie66

Really loved this new version

I have both versions of this book, the earlier book from last year and this year's updated version narrated by Simon Vance. I must say that I really loved this version more. Last year's was good, but Simon Vance just made this year's version even better.

Loved the updated story by Dennis Canfield. I will be listening to this version again next year around Christmas time.
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- Barry Owens

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2016
  • Publisher: Well-Spoken Books