Introducing Bruce the Spruce on A Christmas Tree Fairytale

Another delightful holiday book is featured today and we are part of the book tour including my review of the book. It is Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees.

Book Details

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.

Book Description

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!

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REVIEW

This story is much more than I expected. Bruce the Spruce as a character is adorable from his personality you fall in love with him and the delightful illustrations add to you wanting him to be part of your holiday celebrations. The illustrations are beautiful and colorful fitting greatly into the holiday season. You see the multi-color lights and twinkle. Bruce the Spruce feels alive even though he is an artificial tree. You care for this character.

I love the idea of a story centered around an artificial Christmas tree. This one is creative and well written. You join him on a journey in New York City during the holiday as well as learning the meaning of Christmas trees. It is interesting.

This story made me think more than I thought it would. It brought memories of past Christmases and all the times around the Christmas tree. I knew this would be a heart-warming story, but I didn’t expect Bruce The Spruce to take me on such a wonderful journey. It is full of action as well as a story that is special. This is a thought-provoking story perfect for the holiday season. I suggest it for family reading time every year. It won’t get old and I am sure he will enjoy being the star each year of your holiday reading times.

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 BroadwayWorld.com. 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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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

What made you write a book about Christmas trees?

Though many families choose a new natural tree each December, many of us celebrate the season around the same artificial trees year after year.  In 2016, after no less than 20 years of decorating and celebrating around an artificial spruce tree my mother had brought home when I was a child, the time had come to retire our well-worn friend. When each member of my family expressed their dismay at the idea, I realized that our tree held special meaning for all of us, as it was attached to the memories of so many joyous times we had shared. And that is where Bruce’s story was born!

How did you discover “the true meaning of Christmas trees” as it relates to Bruce’s story? 

Like most people that celebrate the holiday, I have always had an affinity for Christmas, but mostly for the Christmas tree! There is nothing on Earth more magical or comforting than the presence of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. When we are young, the Christmas tree signifies the imminent arrival of Santa Claus and the most magical time of the year. As we get older, our relationship with these things deepen and become more sentimental. As an adult, I began to see the tree and all of its different ornaments as a scrapbook of our life as a family, as each and every trinket had some larger meaning attached to it. Whether it was a souvenir from a trip, an heirloom marking a special memory, or a tribute to one of our hobbies, pets, or milestones, over time, the Christmas tree took on greater meaning as a monument to our family history. That, combined with the decades we had celebrated around the tree itself and all the warmth and joy it had brought to our holidays, illuminated the true meaning of Christmas trees and became the heart of Bruce’s story. 

There are many books out there about Christmas. What makes yours different?

The first thing that I believe sets Bruce apart from the many wonderful books about Christmas trees is that he is an artificial tree! It may seem like a silly distinction, but for all of the families that celebrate their holidays around an artificial Tennenbaum every year, there seemed to be no books celebrating them! The debate around real trees vs. fake trees is quite robust, so I felt the time had come for a book celebrating all the fake Christmas trees and the families that love them. 

My other favorite thing about the story is that it takes place in my hometown, New York City! The magic of NYC at Christmastime is a very real thing, but holiday trips to the city aren’t accessible for all. It feels wonderful to get to bring that New York City Christmas magic to families all over the map.  

Do you have another profession besides writing?

Nope! I’m a writer all day, every day! In addition to storytelling, theatre is my other #1 passion, specifically Broadway shows! When I’m not working on my children’s stories, I am a full-time news editor and features writer for BroadwayWorld.com. I get to write about and report on all things Broadway, including super fun assignments like interviewing my favorite stars and attending amazing events like the Tony Awards! It is a lifelong dream come true and a true privilege to combine my two greatest passions, theatre, and writing. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world going to work every day. 

If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?

That I am deeply passionate about what I do. For me, the act of writing stories like Bruce’s isn’t just about creating loveable characters and fantastic adventures, but the very real impact books can have on the lives of readers. When I was a kid there were so many books that inspired me and helped me better understand myself and the world around me, so I am always writing with the goal of having a positive effect on the children (and adults!) that read my books and leave them with some wisdom that will hopefully help them along in their journey.

What advice would you give budding writers?

That everything you do, on the page and off, serves your mission. Bruce’s story is fully rhyming, but being a poet was never part of my goal as a writer, it was just something I was good at. I never dreamed that that skill would become such a big part of my life until I began writing Bruce’s story. Now that the book is complete, I am finding that so many other non-writing experiences I’ve had in my life have helped me learn how to be a better writer, marketer, and salesperson. Every survival job, tough boss, disappointment, hardship, and unrelated skill I’ve picked up throughout my professional life have all served in some way to prepare me for this moment.

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NOTE: This blog was written with and provided by media kit information from the iREAD BOOK TOURS Host team. The book was given to me to read allowing me to provide my own thoughts for a review. Learn more here about other stops on the tour.
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