When Elliott finds a message in a bottle from Father Christmas, asking for help to save the Arctic from oil drillers, the boy’s seaside holiday becomes a mission to save the planet. Joined by children from all over the world, Elliott is taken aboard a cheery boat by a jolly sailor with red cheeks and a white beard. Young children will delight in the clues given to the identity of the kindly old man, and they will enjoy the sense of empowerment this story brings.
A conservation message given in a gentle narrative that will captivate children, featuring a request from Father Christmas, has added appeal. This is a story about faith, and how little people can move mountains if there are enough of them to work together. Even more hopeful is the idea that the childrens’ voices alone have sufficient power to change an important adult’s mind and thus save the Arctic. A handsome book, enhanced by rich artwork creating a colourful world of pattern and drama, which is both beautiful and familiar.