Published: 23 November 2020 at 15:13
Children’s book by ARU student explains how a clever elf helps to save the day
Christmas has been saved this year – not by a nationwide lockdown or a new vaccine, but by a very clever elf.
That’s the basis of a new children’s picture book called A Very Corona Christmas, written and illustrated by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) student Kelley Donner.
Kelley is currently studying for a Masters in Illustration and Book Arts at Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus, and the story for A Very Corona Christmas was inspired by conversations with her sons Jonas, Lukas, and Max.
After world leaders cancel Christmas due to COVID-19, Santa decides he has no choice but to furlough his elves until the pandemic is over. But then a bright, young elf brings Santa a letter from a little girl that changes everything.
Aimed at children aged between three and eight, the book combines Kelley’s watercolour illustrations with a healthy dose of humour, as Santa’s North Pole HQ gears up to get Christmas back on track during a pandemic.
Kelley, who is originally from Kansas in the United States and now lives in Trumpington, Cambridge, said:
Kelley has written several children’s stories including this year’s bestselling The Day the Lines Changed, which explains to small children what a pandemic is and was featured in The Washington Post and Business Insider.