Santa’s Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of Stories

Text: Kim Thompson

Illustrations: Élodie Duhameau

Help little ones be patient until Christmas with this storytelling twist on the timeless Advent tradition. Each day, starting December 1st and counting down to Christmas Eve, children can read a story that recounts how Santa and Ms. Claus, the elves and the reindeer get ready for the big night ahead, from Santa’s initial fitness test (will he make it through the chimney this year?) to a behind-the-scenes look at Santa’s toy factory.

A book that captures all the excitement and the magic of the holiday season.


ISBN: 9782924786055 Price: $ 14.95 US / $ 19.95 CAN
Trim Size: 9.75” x 10” Age Group: 3 years and up
Pages: 56 US Pub date: October 2017
Format: Hardcover with glitter CAN Pub date: September 20177





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.

‟ A story a day for advent sets the scene and excitement for Christmas. The book is enjoyable, funny and entertaining. It is beautifully illustrated to keep even the smallest of children entertained. I will be recommending it to primary teachers to use as there story book for December.″
—Patricia Long, Educator, NetGalley

‟ This book is a delight! It is full of bright, colorful illustration that capture the humor of story and the spirit of Christmas. This would be a great title to add to home collection for the holidays.″
—Brandi Heckelsmiller, Goodreads

‟ This book can be part of the anticipation of the season while helping teach patience, days of the month and counting all at once. Ho-ho-ho! ″
—Amanda Hanson, Librarian, NetGalley