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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, December 15, 2018 3:50 pm

Finding the perfect gift, just in time

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

The jubilation I recently felt at Barnes & Noble stemmed from a moment months ago, when my son flipped to the back cover of a favorite book and asked for a related title.

That should be an easy request to fulfill, I thought, figuring I could order the book online if I didn't see it on bookstore shelves.

My search came up short.

I broke the news to my son when he asked for the book again.

"Maybe Santa will bring it," he said.

As powerful as Santa Claus is, I was doubtful even he could find the elusive children's book.

And then it happened. I walked into the Barnes & Noble children's section on a Friday afternoon and immediately glimpsed the book, a bargain price sticker affixed to its cover.

I immediately snatched it – the only copy I found while browsing the store.

There was no question the book – complete with sounds and a steering wheel my son finds oh so appealing – was meant to be his.