Friday, July 12, 2013

TJ and the Time Stumblers: Ho Ho Noo! by Bill Myers (Review)

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 176 pages

  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 25, 2011)

  • ISBN-13: 978-1414334561

  • Ho-Ho-NOOO! is all about TJ Finkelstein learning the real meaning of Christmas as she prepares for her future as a world leader with a little help from her 23rd-century goofball friends, Tuna and Herby. In a competition with her middle sister, TJ races to earn money so she can give it to her father as a Christmas present; he’s lost his job and the family is preparing to spend their first Christmas without their mom. Thanks to Tuna and Herby’s help at her job interview, where their futuristic gadgets expose the true motivation of each candidate, TJ lands a job at the mall—making kids smile for Santa and eventually playing (a much smaller) Santa herself. That job turns into a nanny gig for pop star Lady Goo-Goo’s spoiled and unattended kids. She also takes on a delivery job to help with dreamy Chad Steel’s plan to provide a hearty meal for the homeless on Christmas Eve . . . only to find herself delivering caviar cream puffs on the whim of TV star and classmate Hesper Breakahart. Despite all her work, her efforts to get money for Christmas backfire, but in the end TJ realizes Christmas is really about being with those she loves and sharing the love God has given through Christ.

    My Review:

    This was another cute installment in the TJ and the Time Stumblers series. In this one TJ has to learn the lesson of the real meaning of Christmas. She lives in a city that prizes possessions and looks. She learns that it does not matter how much money you have but your family and friends. There were several hilarious aspects. I loved Lady Goo Goo which is a spoof of Lady Ga Ga. Tuna and Herby had some more of their not so successful attempts to help TJ. I think chapter book readers of both genders will enjoy this series.

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