Malibu and the naughty elf by Michelle Worthington
New Frontier Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9781925520644
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Malibu and the Naughty Elf is an Australian themed Christmas story. Malibu is a kangaroo who is hanging out with Santa, the elves and the reindeers at the beach. While everyone seems to be having fun, Bobby the elf is getting into a bit of trouble. He is playing tricks and getting into his mischief because he wants to be a photographer not one of Santa's elves. It is time to head back to the North Pole but Bobby and Rudolph are missing. Will elf teamwork save the day? Can Malibu the kangaroo make a suggestion that helps Bobby?
Malibu and the Naughty Elf is a cute Christmas story without a snowflake in sight. The pictures are colourful cartoons full of gorgeous beach scenes and sun-filled days. Readers will giggle at Santa in his Speedos and the many funny faces of Bobby the elf. Malibu and the Naughty Elf is also a story about being yourself.
Bobby isn't like the other elves and instead of following his own dreams he makes the lives of those around him more difficult. This story has a great message - be yourself! Christmas stories are good for all ages and this story will be enjoyed by parents and their young children. It is recommended for readers aged 4+.