3.5/5 stars. Gregory Maguire uses his storytelling skills to add a Christmas twist to Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale, The Little Match Girl. It appears in Chapter 2 of Matchless: A Christmas Story with very few changes; thus, maintaining the spirit of the original.
Maguire masterfully weaves the story of a poor little boy named Frederik around Andersen's classic. Maguire's illumination of this tale has an uplifting ending without changing the intentions of the original. Maguire reminds us that The Little Match Girl is still relevant today.
Matchless: A Christmas Story was originally commissioned by the NPR for their annual Christmas story in 2008. It was performed by Gregory Maguire. You can listen to it or read the story by visiting the NPR website here.
The Bottom Line: Recommended for readers who enjoy fairy tale adaptations. This slim book makes for very fast holiday reading and would make the perfect stocking stuffer.
Details: Matchless: A Christmas Story by Gregory Maguire. Published by William Morrow in 2009. ISBN: 978-0-06-191301-3