When Dorothy Norton (Dot) returns to her parent's home for the holidays and gets bonked on the head by a Volkswagen-wielding neighbor, all sorts of strange things are set in motion. From a traditional Christmas turned upside down to an errant computer to a Santa Claus that is not your typical ho-ho-ho jolly old elf, this hilarious tale will make you laugh out loud and maybe even lose a bit of your eggnog. This "clean read" is perfect for reading aloud during the holiday season.
The book is based on one of my prize-winning young adult plays. Think the Wizard of Oz meets Lost in Space meets Monty Python. With no murders. :-)
The Story of this Novella
This story was based on a play I wrote for a competition a few years ago. I wanted to pay homage to the Wizard of Oz, the legend of Santa Claus, and my love for old toys—not to mention play around with a few really bad puns and some pop-cultural references I hope my readers will enjoy. It finally came together in an award-winning play titled "Dot and the (Amazing Technicolor) Quest for the Real Santa Claus." Ever since then, I've wanted to turn it into a novella. While I was editing the manuscript, the characters got busy and expanded the story a bit.
I hope you enjoy the heart-warming trip to the North Pole as Dot takes a journey of the imagination with Cattywampus Horatio Bonaparte, the black cat, Bo Raggley, the stuffed rag doll, Robot and the Christmas Fairy.
By the way, as a young woman, I did make a stuffed doll named "Bo Raggley" for one of my nieces. As far as I know, that doll never talked. But she was always interested in fashion. ;-)
Thanks for looking, and happy holidays!