Red and Lulu is another book that is deeply set in the true Christmas spirit. It is about love and family and the joy of the holiday. There is information about the history of Rockefeller Center and the Tree that stands in the center of it at the end of the book. Matt Tavares has great text and even better illustrations telling his story. The art is a 5 and the text a solid 4 rating.
(Spoiler) When Red and Lulu are separated the reality of the situation would be they probably would be unable to find each other again. However, of course, you know that a Christmas miracle will occur, and they will be together again. And I am okay with that. We do need some brightness in our lives that time of year, and right now probably more than ever. I like the fact that Red and Lulu might be two cardinals, but they strike me as a great little old couple that truly love each other.
However, the illustrations are what make this book. It could be a wordless picture book and it would still be a wild ride. You can almost hear and smell the sights and sounds of New York City. You are there. There is a classic feel to the city. While it is most likely set “now” it does feel like it could be any time in modern history. The signature style of Tavares is obvious. There are deep, rich colors that pop off the page.