Bruce the Spruce Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

We are ready to launch the holidays here in our little corner of the world! Today, I have a heartwarming children's book to share! Check out Bruce the Spruce, learn about author A.A. Cristi--and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Book Title:  Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees by A. A. Cristi
Category:  Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 56 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   November 2021
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.


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About the Book

​Bruce the Spruce has Christmas all wrong.
Thanks to his fancy decorations and adoring admirers, this artificial spruce tree doesn’t just wear a star at Christmas, he IS the star. But when his longtime family gets a new tree, it sends Bruce on a holiday adventure through New York City.
From a party in Brooklyn, to a run-in with rats, to a revelatory visit to Rockefeller Center, Bruce the Spruce takes an unforgettable journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas trees!


My Review


Heartwarming Story for Families. Bruce the Spruce is a children's book--but adults will adore it just as much. Especially those of us with 18-20 years of Christmas memories--and life changes as children grow! Maybe this book held an extra note or two for me since we have adult children (and one almost adult child), a 20-year-old tree--and a Christmas that will look a little different this year. Nonetheless--I loved this book and the messages that Bruce shared and learned on his journey. It is the perfect holiday story and is one that will find a lasting place on my family's bookshelf for grandchildren and family gatherings for holidays to come. 


Readers will Fall in Love with Bruce. Through beautiful illustrations and an emotional storyline, readers will pull Bruce into their hearts. I think the messages shared in this story are timeless ones that will remind readers of the meaning and significance of their family Christmases. I believe little readers and grown-ups will be rooting for a happy ending for Bruce the Spruce from the very first page.


Would I Recommend Bruce the Spruce by A.A. Cristi? This book caught me by surprise. I will admit I was expecting a quick children's book with a typical "meaning of Christmas" message. Instead--I found a heartfelt family-friendly story that shared much deeper messages in a way that genuinely tugged readers' heartstrings. So much so--I will be giving our 20-year-old tree at least a few more years! I definitely recommend it to readers seeking ways to bring Christmas messages to little readers.


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Meet the Author

A.A. Cristi was born and raised in the world capital of Christmas trees and musicals - New York City. By no small miracle, she has managed to make a living writing about both topics. When she is not dreaming up fantastic adventures for inanimate objects, she is covering the Broadway industry as a journalist and editor at Though writing is her calling, her true passion is playing mother to a neurotic wiener dog named Jack and Aunt Rah Rah to two truly remarkable kids.

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