Book Review & Giveaway: In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings

Book Title: In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 28 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make A Way Media
Release date:  November 2019

Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book

A Timely Tale about a Little Brown Boy who Saves Christmas. Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What a great Christmas story for children! One of the things I like most about this book is that the characters are realistic. Nick is really into playing video games, and he has a bad habit of calling things stupid. He’s a typical kid!

One thing that’s not typical about him is his name: Nick Saint. He never realized it before, but when the mailman makes a mistake and delivers a letter that was addressed to Saint Nick, at first he calls him stupid but realizes that he’s not that stupid after all.

When Nick’s mom encourages him to find out more about his homeless classmate, Nick learns quite a lot. He never realized that many kids at his school don’t have things as good as him. I’m sure there are a lot of kids like him because it’s not something that many parents talk about to their children.

Nick not only saves someone else’s Christmas but he learns about the act of giving. He was also impressed that Cooper was asking Santa for things for his mom and brother but nothing for himself!

In the Nick of Time is a sweet and timely holiday story. It has colorful pictures, good-hearted characters, and a great lesson about our world and how we can help others.

About the Author

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

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