Lobo’s Howliday by C. L. Murphy


Title:  The Adventures of Lovable Lobo:  Lobo’s Howliday
Author:  C. L. Murphy
Illustrator:  C. L. Murphy
Published:  November 1, 2014
Publisher:  Peanut Butter Prose
Recommended Ages: 3-8

*Disclosure:  I received a pdf copy of the book in order to write this review as a part of the Book Blast Tours hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews

My thoughts:

This is my second Lobo adventure that I have had the pleasure to review and it is a howling good story.  All of my favourite Lobo friends were back, especially Roxy the Raven, to help Lobo on his winter adventure to the Arctic to help Santa Claus.  In this Christmas adventure Santa no longer uses his reindeer to deliver gifts but his new fleet of Smart Sleighs.  The problem with the Smart Sleighs are that they need to be charged and charging them had knocked out all the electricity in the Northern hemisphere so Santa couldn’t find each city to deliver the gifts.  Santa’s reindeer are no help as they are not in shape to fly as they have spent the year relaxing and eating.  That is why Santa asks Lobo for help.  Lobo is unsure how he can help Santa, but the young wolf pup will learn that he just has to be himself in order to save Christmas.  Throughout the adventure young readers will also discover Arctic animals, the Northern Lights and be introduced to the idea of how the Arctic is covered in darkness at this time of the year.  A Christmas tale about friendship, helping others,  and just being yourself that will be a nice addition around the howliday season.

Smart Sleigh
Page from Lobo’s Howliday by C. L. Murphy

I think the addition of the Smart Sleighs is a nice twist as kids today are familiar with the idea of smart technology.  My kids did ask me what the hole was on the side but once I explained that the sleighs needed to be charged they were fine with that as they know we have to charge our phones, the camera etc… all the time.  Then I was able to explain how charging all of those sleighs requires a lot of energy or electricity hence the power outage in the Northern hemisphere.  As a old fashioned parent, I missed the reindeers.  However, Lobo comes and saves the Christmas just by being himself. I thought this was nice too, as Lobo didn’t have to change or do anything different he just had to be himself to help Santa which I think is an important message for kids.

Here is the link to my previous review of Lobo goes to the Galapagos where you can read my review and find out more about the author.  Please note that the giveaway associated with that post is now completed.

Lobo Goes to the Galapagos

Till next time and cheers,