Max Fernsby and the Infinite Toys

HarperCollins. Sept. 2023. 208p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780063214750.
Gr 3-6–Eldor and Skhiff, two elves who are abject failures at the North Pole, are seemingly always in trouble. They kick up their antics a notch when they borrow Santa’s sleigh one night and lose his famous red sack. Falling from the sleigh, the sack lands on the head of Max Fernsby, a foster kid with skinflint guardians who only want chores done and a check in their hands. However, Max and his two friends, Baxter and Leoni, make their own fun through numerous adventures. The only element missing in the story is, of course, a greedy toy maker. Enter Steve Bozeman, CEO of, who finds fun in forcing small toy stores out of business. The antics of the elves, the action of Max and his friends, and the cruelty of Bozeman are revealed in alternating chapters, but all the seemingly unrelated story lines come together at the end where the narrator is also revealed. Constant action, comic situations, and sarcastic banter make for a fun ride all the way to the end of the story, where there’s a great surprise for readers.
VERDICT Fast-paced and laced perfectly with a little irreverent humor. Highly recommended.

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