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The Last Minute Santa! by Susan Fry

Desperate for some extra holiday cheer?  Run down to your local bookstore and pick up these books.  They’re heavy on the ha-ha-has and the ho-ho-hos.


Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight? by Jerry Palotta.   Santa is searching for a team of animals to draw his sleigh, and he’s willing to try anything — from tigers to cheetahs, turtles to skunks.  But the tigers almost eat him, the cheetahs are too fast, the turtles are too slow, and the skunks are too smelly.  Finally, he realizes that reindeer are the answer.  Kids will enjoy seeing a simple idea taken to extremes.


Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, by Robert Barry.  Mr. Willowby buys an enormous Christmas tree for his enormous mansion, but when it arrives, it’s too tall.  So he snips off the top, which gets passed to his maid.  She’s thrilled to have a Christmas tree of her own, but it’s too big for her house, so, snip again!  The pieces get smaller and smaller as they’re passed down to smaller and smaller families, from a gardener to a bear to a fox.  Finally, a mouse drags away the tiny tip – to a mouse hole right beside Mr. Willowby’s tree.  This is a re-release of an old favorite, and the rhymes and the story are timeless.


Santa’s Stuck, by Rhonda Gowler Greene, illustrated by Henry Cole.  Finally, someone has answered every child’s question about how Santa can possibly fit down the chimney.  This Santa snacks just a little too much on the goodies a family leaves out, and when he tries to leave, you guessed it!  The reindeer can’t pull him up, and a dog and a cat can’t push him up.  Finally, a tiny mouse spots a toy bulldozer, and Christmas is saved.  The pictures of Santa’s legs dangling from the fireplace had my children in hysterics.

Susan Fry is a writer and mother in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s written for Stanford Magazine, salon, the San Jose Mercury News, and many other publications.

Check out the complete collection of children’s book reviews by Susan Fry.

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