What readers and reviewers are saying about
The Grod Family's Christmas Lights...
My grandchildren will love this book when they open their gifts this Christmas. Wonderful illustrations!!
—Thach Bui (Toronto, Ontario)
[Syndicated cartoonist (retired): Washington Post; Toronto Star]
My cousin in Canada sent me this lovely Christmas book. I can hardy wait to read it with my grandchildren!! And I’m almost certain that Papa Grod has some Irish blood flowing through his veins.
—Bernadette Conroy (County Galway, Ireland)
I love how the illustrator has presented the characters. And what a good story!! Definitely a ‘must-read’ for parents and grandparents with their little ones at Christmastime.
—Robert Ehman (Whitehorse, Yukon Territory)
[Art Instructor (retired): Yukon College]
The author and my father played hockey together, and are very good friends. The author was my coach (and little Gordie Grod was my hockey teammate) … so (spoiler alert) I already know that an upcoming Grod story will be about hockey. As for “The Grods’ Christmas Lights,” my little girl is definitely getting this book for Christmas.
—Kyle Fanjoy (Nanaimo, British Columbia)
A humorous, familiar, and classic take on the annual ‘hanging the outdoor Christmas lights’ story. It is a tale to which we can all relate, never grows old, and for sharing each Christmas season!
—Carolyn Hedmann (Calgary, Alberta)
The children in our Ballyglass Childcare Centre will love this enjoyable story. The illustrations will capture their imaginations. I am sure the staff will want a book for each room in the centre – the baby room, the toddler room, the play-school room, the pre-school room, and the after-school room. It will be a big hit with everyone!!
—Breege Jennings (County Mayo, Ireland)
The fact that their granny has the same Scottish name as “McNeil’s Eatery & Munchery” (the favourite ‘foodery’ of the Grod family) will be sure to delight my grandchildren this Christmas – all six of them!!
—Catherine McNeil (Toronto, Ontario)
Every Christmastime, I gather all my grandchildren for our annual “Breakfast with Baba.” After porridge and ice-cream, we decorate cookies and have fun! This year we will be enjoying “The Grods’ Christmas Lights” as part of the festivities.
—Juana Veters (Korol) (Abbotsford, British Columbia)
This entertaining vignette about family life is a story for all-time, an “Everyman Story.” In it are valuable lessons of kindness and respect. In relation to other Christmas stories, it is in a league of its own, and lots of fun.
In addition, I look forward to upcoming instalments of life with the Grods in their native land, the magical Far-off Territory of the North, in a cabin by a crystal clear northern lake. I can just imagine it.
—L.A. Weiss, (Carlysle, Ontario)
[Author of Girl with the Rose Tattoo and Through a Lens of Emptiness]
This real world (sort of) Christmas story, charmingly illustrated, will engage all generations of readers.
—Muriel Morris (Chilliwack, British Columbia)
[Author of Shakespeare Goes to the Dogs and the soon-to-be-published Not White Enough]
A delightful Christmas story appealing to children and parents of all ages. The author introduces us to the Grod family who embody family dynamics each of us can easily relate to. Snuggle up and join them as they prepare for the Christmas season.
—Glenna Nychyporuk (Surrey, British Columbia)
I can relate to poor Papa Grod. He tries so hard … and things just don’t work out. Like life!! I have six grandchildren, and the younger ones will be reading “The Grods’ Christmas Lights” this Christmas as we watch the northern lights dancing on the mountains across the lake and await the sound of sleigh bells on the roof.
—Peter Percival (Cowley Lake Homestead, Yukon Territory)
We enjoyed the story and feel sure that our grandson will as well. We can see where this may well lead to a spirited discussion of personal family (mis)adventures, and we wonder will the (mis)adventures in other stories feature other family members sharing the spotlight.
The illustrations are warm and fun.
—Dan & Sandra Reagan (Cranberry Portage, Manitoba)
Such an inspiring story for Christmas! Both funny and compassionate. A story to be read to children sitting on your lap or close by. This is an ideal Christmas tale. A must-read for all families!
—Dory Reimer (Montreal, Quebec)
A charming tale which introduces us to the Grod family through their annual ritual of putting up the Christmas lights. Wonderful characterization and humour. I can see both my grandkids and my own children enjoying this story each year.
—John Ringstead (Duncan, British Columbia)
[Author of Glynwold: The Forbidden Forest]
Delightful! It’s a neat story to read with family and has many laughs that a family can relate to. I would recommend this book to people of any age if they’re looking for a great and funny Christmas read. I could see myself enjoying the story with a class.
—Kate Schrofel, age 13 (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
My granddaughter Kate’s comments echo my thoughts.
—Suzanne Schrofel (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Things never go exactly as planned in this funny and heartwarming story of a well-meaning father. I am sure you will find some of your own experiences reflected in the antics of Papa Grod.
—Aynsley Stelfox (Calgary, Alberta)
We have two grandchildren … and they are definitely getting this wonderful, beautifully illustrated book for Christmas!! They’ll love it!!
—Erik & Diana Taynen (Courteney, British Columbia)