My Favorite Christmas Book

My Favorite Christmas Book

One of the best parts of the Christmas season is all the wonderful books and movies that we only get to watch and read for one month out of the year.  While there are a number of movies that are a ‘must’ each season…there is only ONE book that I absolutely have to read at least once each December.  That book is the magnificent Red Ranger Came Calling by Berkely Breathed.  It is my favorite Christmas book…hands down.

There are so many things that make this book so special…from the amazing artwork that graces the pages…to the wonderful and touching narrative that builds with every turn of the page.  I read it to my kiddos each year, and each year without fail I end up getting all weepy and wishy-washy on the last couple of pages.  And rarely do the last three words of the book even come out with any sort of clarity.

What is the story about you ask?  Well, you really need to go buy it, but to offer just a hint of the greatness:

Using glowing, hypnotic images and a funny, provocative text, the narrator relives his father’s most amazing childhood Christmas. A moody young boy living with his aunt on an island, “Red” Breathed sees himself as the “Red Ranger from Mars”, his hero from the movie serials, and cannot picture life without the gift of a Red Ranger bicycle. Red is far too “swanky a human being” to believe in Santa Claus, but nevertheless he pays a visit to the aged island hermit, Lord Sander Clos, rumored to be the legendary man himself, now living in lonely, joyless retirement. This meeting triggers an emotional response within the self-absorbed Red and leads to the most remarkable bicycle ever delivered on Christmas morning. This book represents Berkeley Breathed at the top of his form.  (

It really is a wonderous story that everyone should read at least once.  Hopefully everyone is enjoying reading their favorite stories, and having a wonderful holiday season!

Happy reading…

1 Comment

  1. Mom(a.k.a.Grandma)

    Enjoyed watching and listening to you read it last year. It is a great book.

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