Deer Santa (Hannah Eliot)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Deer Santa, written by Hannah Eliot and illustrated by Kathryn Selbert, a sweet animal pun-themed Christmas board book.

As Christmas creeps closer, a gaggle of animal pals are writing their holiday wishlists and notes for Santa! Deer wants some sparkly lights, Skunk wants some perfume, Mouse is hoping for a tasty piece of cheese. And while all the animals are hoping for their wishes to be granted, they know what matters most: Christmas spirit and friendship.

Very cute! The interactive element of this little title is the most engaging part: pull-tab notes featuring puns using the species of animal on each page, like “Bear-y Christmas” and “Joy to the squirrel!”. The cheerful rhyming text and charming, festive woodland illustrations support this clever conceit very well, and make for a very enjoyable read for young bookworms. It’s a good length for a toddler-aged storytime, and JJ loved the little pull-out notes. A great stocking-stuffer for very young readers, and we liked it. Baby Bookworm approved!

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

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