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.
Kim Thompson is a filmmaker and television writer who has written scripts for many well-known children's cartoons. She lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.
ÉLODIE DUHAMEAU has always loved to draw. After studying graphic design and working as a graphic designer and an art director in her native France, she made the switch to illustration, and now does editorial and advertising work as well as picture books. She creates her sketches with pencil and paper and completes the art digitally. Élodie lives in Montreal, Quebec.
FROM PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY 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.