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Elves on the Fifth Floor

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This book is so much fun! It's full of magic and holiday spirit. Are the new neighbors elves in disguise?
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This was a fun book! I wasn't expecting a chapter book when I requested it, I thought it would be a picture book. It is perfect for younger chapter book readers.
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I read this one over Christmas break with my 8 year old daughter and we both enjoyed it. It was a cute and magical little Christmas story. The illustrations were beautiful also. I think the characters could have benefited from a bit more depth but that’s an adult perspective on a children’s story. All in all we enjoyed it.
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Super cute!! I loved the storyline and characters. Great representation too. Loved the holiday vibes.
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Another great Christmas book!  I've made it my mission to include more Christmas middle grade novels in my library, and this one is an absolute delight.
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This was an adorable Christmas book. I highly recommend it for children. It exposes little ones to the beautiful wonderful families that are out there. Also gets kids thinking about bigger issues in life but in a cute way. Loved it.
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this is a really heart-warming and happy children's book, perfect for the christmas season :') it also has diversity- a family with two mothers as the protagonists, a family with two fathers, characters that are poc!!
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This is a wonderful and inclusive short holiday tale perfect for bed time reading at this time of year. The lgbtq and minority representation is so refreshing in a holiday story. This is sure to become a yearly tradition in our house. Highly recommended!
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Finally, a Christmas read for kids that features prominent LGBT characters and topics that need to be talked about.

Firstly this is a really warming Christmas read, the sense of family and the presence of the elves throughout makes it a particularly strong holiday read. The overall theme is strength of family, and the power of helping and growing. The fact the children had two mothers made my heart warm, as a sapphic myself it’s something you rarely see handled in children’s books; and something we need to see far more often.

The illustrations are seriously stunning, down to the colour pallets and quirky features like the holiday themed driving plates you can spot throughout. 

I also thoroughly loved the street names and nods to the season throughout that would make a child laugh. 

The author handles topics throughout such as immigration, police harassment and neighbours falsely calling police. The topics are handled brilliantly and are completely age relevant, and honestly is something that made me want to buy this book even more. Whilst the subjects are handled in a light and Christmas themed way they are there nonetheless to get younger kids thinking, and are a great means to open conversations about these subjects. 

I personally had mixed reviews for this. Namely, I felt the age group was slightly off, I would recommend this to readers a year or two younger perhaps partially due to the language used and the stylisation. I don’t know if the age group was brought up because of the topics handled but personally I feel like a younger child is entirely capable of taking on and learning about these things, and this book would also be great to help a child who has been through similar issues to process them. 

The other thing I wasn’t amazed by was the ending simply because it felt a little rushed.

Other than that I really enjoyed this read, and would gladly buy it for family members.
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ARC provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

<i>Elves on the Fifth Floor</i> is about the Greco-Aidens: a family of two moms and three kids who move to the city of R. after a newly elected president forced them to move due to hate towards their kind of family. The Greco-Aidens didn't get what they expected after arriving in the city of R. where people are scared of strangers. No one wants to open their door to any of the newcomers or talk to them. The only one open to the Greco-Aidens is a young inventor Olivia. As Christmas draws nearer, the family gets an offer from the North Pole: Santa Claus wants <i>their</i> help getting presents ready for the children of the city of R. The Greco-Aiden family accepts and the next day they welcome ten elves into their home but that's just the beginning of an eventful Christmas. 

This was a short and fun middle-grade story. I really enjoyed the story and the dynamics as well as it being a Christmas tale featuring a family with two moms, which we NEED to see more of! The only critique I have for the book is that it felt a bit rushed, which I understand is due to it being less than 150 pages AND a middle-grade. All in all, a very enjoyable read, and I couldn't stop reading it!
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This story is definitely targeted towards the younger end of Middle Grade which I wasn't expecting so it took me a few pages to adjust my expectations.
That being said this was such a cute little story. It's so festive, so absolutely perfect for this time of year, the diversity in this story was great to see, the illustrations throughout where beautiful and it's just a really fun festive story.
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That was such a nice reading and the illustrations are so cute too! I need to admit that I took too long to finish this book (and that may have affected my enjoyment a tiny bit) but I'll blame college for that!!
Elves on the Fifth Floor was one of the cutest books I've ever read and I wish I had a book like that when I was a child, a book that shows that it's ok to be queer, that queer people are allowed to not just exist but have a family. It was nice seeing that, though the last few chapters seemed a little bit too fast-paced and confusing, that doesn't change the good feeling that I felt reading this lovely story.
So, yes, I think that this is the kind of book that everyone should read not only as a child but as an adult too. It was a lovely ride and, since Christmas is so close, I hope lots of people consider giving a chance to this heartwarming adventure!!
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This was really fun and cute, a perfect christmas story for younger kids that is filled with diversity. It's really important to show queer families in books aimed towards the younger demographic and the fact that more and more are getting published every year makes me really happy.
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This was really short and really cute! We have two moms and their kids trying to start a new life in a new town, a town where adults ignore strangers and don't let the kids talk to them, but then something magical happens and adventures start for these kids. It's a really adorable Christmas story to read no matter how old you are. I may not be the target audience specifically, but who doesn't love a Christmas story with elves, presents, magic and Santa? I know I do!
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This was a sweet holiday story that brings together a town that is usually very separated. The new family in town gets notice that Santa needs their help, but they need to recruit help from a couple friends to.... but that is hard when you're not supposed to talk to each other.
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This is a cute children’s book about an LBGTQIA couple who move to the town of R with their three children because lesbian led families are not accepted in their old country.  Nothing bad every happens in R because everyone keeps to themselves. The family is asked to help Santa’s elves prepare gifts for Christmas for some of the children of the world.  This would make a nice read-aloud to small children. I like the inclusiveness of the story but some of the fantasy elements were a bit much for me.
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Just amazing! Loved this book! Loved the family was led by two mamas, loved their hope, loved their belief in magic and Christmas, loved the element of surprise towards the end - all of it!

The illustrations are uh-DORABLE! The font was even great - super kid and late-night friendly. 

We need more of these books! Diverse, goodness in character's hearts, imagination!  Yes please!
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I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley

My boys and I really love reading this together. Sweet cute story
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The book didn’t really hold my sons interest. We would read a while and he would just be done. Loved the different types of families represented throughout the book. Just wish there was more depth to the characters.
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Children loved to be read to and this is an excellent addition to their yearly stories.  It's unique and a lot of fun!
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