Book Review: “Elena of Avalor Feliz Navidad: A Royal Christmas”

Elena of Avalor debuted this summer as Disney’s first Latina princess (and was given a royal welcome at the Magic Kingdom!) Now, she has her own book for Christmas, Elena of Avalor Feliz Navidad: A Royal Christmas. The book is adapted by Tom Rogers, who is also a screenwriter for films such as Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (I’m a fan of the Tinker Bell films) and The Lion King 1 1/2. At 48 pages long, this book is aimed at children aged 6-8, but it will appeal to a broader range than that.

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The inner cover of the book explains that Navidad is Princess Elena’s favorite time of year. All of the villages want to invite Elena for their holiday celebrations, but she invites everyone to join her instead. The various villages decide to compete in a parade to see whose holiday traditions are best. “It’s up to Elena to show her kingdom the true spirit of Navidad”. The book is based on the episode “Navidad” from the Elena of Avalor series, written by Craig Gerber.

The cast of story characters. including Elena, her grandfather Francisco and sister Isabel are shown and explained before the story begins, which offers a good introduction to any reader who hasn’t watched the series.

Elena of Avalor Feliz Navidad: A Royal Christmas has some fun humor in it, including the reason for why the town people end up having a parade. But, the parade ends up in disaster, and never really takes off. However, Elena brings back the meaning of Navidad for everyone, and the book has a (not surprisingly) happy ending. As the book isn’t long, I don’t want to provide any other spoilers.

Elena of Avalor Feliz Navidad: A Royal Christmas is nicely illustrated by Mike Wall – the colors are vibrant. It will make an appreciated yet inexpensive gift for the Elena of Avalor fan on your list.


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