Book Review of ‘The Paper Bag Christmas’

The Paper Bag Christmas,
Written By: Kevin Alan Milne
Published By: Center Street, A division of Hachette Book Group Inc., USA, 2006, First Edition, 150 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-1-59995-073-0
Top Pick






The Paper Bag Christmas is a tear-jerker; a captivating Christmas story that will have a profound and lasting effect on everyone who reads it!”

The Alan brothers are like most other children their age when the Christmas Season comes around. Images of toys, gifts, candy canes and over-flowing stockings dance around in their heads and fill their youthful bodies with excitement and abandon. 
But Molar and Aaron are not very thrilled when their parents tell them it is time to go see Santa Clause at the local mall.
Santa A.K.A. Dr. Christoffer K. Ringle, MD lets them know that he has a very special job for them. Even though they are sceptical about having to dress up as Santa’s Elves, Molar and Aaron simply can not pass up the chance to “get everything they never wanted for Christmas” and agree to help. Doctor Ringle asks each boy to spend time with a special child in the pediatric oncology ward of the local hospital.
Aaron meets Madhu, a quick-talking boy in need of an organ transplant and Molar is asked to befriend a little 9 year old girl named Katrina. Katrina’s illness has left her scarred and too embarrassed show her face so she wears a paper bag over her head.
As Molar or ‘Mo’ and Aaron get to know many of the children in the cancer ward they develop friendships, enter the ‘Christmas Pagent’ and learn some important life lessons that they will never forget.

The Paper Bag Christmas is a wonderful story about the Holiday Season and it’s true meaning.  It’s not about any particular religion, or about gifts and presents, rather it is about sharing time and love with others in a selfless manner.
This story is an absolute gem! I loved the story and it flowed very nicely.  
The plot takes gentle twists and turns which are sad and beautiful at the same time. The characters are infinitely real and almost tangible.
Though the story is not overly long, it is packed with such a “powerful punch” that it is ABSOLUTELY worth reading, many times over.
This would be a wonderful gift for people of every age, gender and nationality.
I very highly recommend this book!!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!


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A special thanks to Miriam at Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy.

To listen to an interview on Blog Talk Radio with Kevin Alan Milne please click here.


9 thoughts on “Book Review of ‘The Paper Bag Christmas’

  1. *************************************************************************
    Bobbie, THANKS for the flattering review of my book! I’m hoping comments like yours will help spread the word about The Paper Bag Christmas, so it can touch as many people as possible as we head into the holiday season. All the best to you and your family. – Kevin.

  2. You’re very welcome Kevin!! :-)
    I hope so too. I think it is a wonderful book and I hope it finds its way under many a Christmas tree this year.
    Thank you for the well wishes to my family and I. We extend the same to you and your family.
    Yet another thank you, for leaving a comment on my review of your book.


  3. Toni,

    You’re very welcome!
    I very highly recommend this book as a holiday read for your book club.
    It was the first 10 out of 10 that I have awarded to a book on Book Reviews By Bobbie.
    Even if it doesn’t happen to make it on the list for the book club, I sure hope you pick up a copy of The Paper Bag Christmas for yourself to read.
    It’s simply wonderful!


  4. Our homeschool book club of US military and civilian employee families in Kaiserslautern, Germany is looking for a book for this month and was hoping for a Christmas related book. This one sounds incredible, but we weren’t sure about age appropriateness. The kids in the group are anywhere from late elementary through middle school. Would this book be OK for them or too mature? Either way, it’s definitely on my “to read” list!


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