- An illustrated storybook: Santa’s Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of Stories, a twist on the timeless Advent tradition. Each day, starting December 1st and counting down to Christmas Eve, read a short story to your child that recounts how Santa and Ms. Claus, the elves and the reindeer get ready for the big night ahead, from Santa’s fitness test (will he make it through the chimney this year?) to a behing-the-scene look at Santa’s magical gift-making process.
- A toy: Bring the holiday spirit to life with and elf plush toy straight out of Santa’s factory!
|ISBN: 9782924786727||Price: $19.99 US / $24.99 CAN|
|Trim Size: 14.8” x 10.2” x 2.6” (Box) 8” x 8” (Book)||Age Group: 3 years and up|
|Pages: 48 pages||US Pub date: September 2018|
|Format: Gift set with book and plush||CAN Pub date: September 2018|
Santa's Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of Stories
In a kind of narrative Advent calendar, Thompson presents 24 linked vignettes set at the North Pole during the days leading up to Christmas. Despite the subtitle, these are less freestanding stories than chapterlike descriptions of the preparations that Santa and his crew undertake. While fixing the sleigh on December 2, an elf named Tek suggests outfitting it with GPS. Starting on the 6th, Santa attempts to get into shape (“Your cardio needs work,” says Spark, Santa’s trainer elf. “What have you been doing all year?”). And a robotic gift-wrapping chicken tries to wrap Santa himself on the 21st. “Tumblin’ teddy bears!” protests Santa in one of many folksy expressions he drops throughout the book. Santa’s funny banter with the elves should keep readers looking forward to each successive installment, as will Duhameau’s cheeky cartoon scenes of Santa perfecting his yoga poses and soaking in a hot tub. Ages 3–up.