Santa’s Story (Will Hillenbrand)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Santa’s Story by Will Hillenbrand, a delightful Christmas tale.

It’s the most important night of the year, and Santa is ready for his big flight… but his reindeer are nowhere to be found! Turns out, they’re all off doing their own thing: Dasher’s running a race with some rabbit pals, Dancer’s practicing his jig, Prancer’s prancing with excitement, and so on. Wanting to get on the road (sky?), Santa tries various methods of calling the reindeer together, but to no avail. Then he realizes the one thing he forgot! A special Christmas Eve tradition to get everyone in the holiday spirit…

Absolutely adorable. From the introduction of all eight reindeer (sorry, Rudolph fans, but he’s absent this time around) using clever plays on their names to the charming resolution, this is a sweet Christmas tale that feels fresh enough to be new, yet is timeless and entertaining enough to come back to each year. The art is a real treat, giving Santa, the reindeer, and all their North-Pole animal pals a friendly and cheerful look, offset nicely by a backdrop of soothing, twilight snowy forests and hills. The length is perfect for a bedtime story, and JJ really liked it. A warm and cozy tale of Christmas traditions to kick off the holiday season, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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