The Five Mile Press, Scoresby, 2015
Age group: preschool
Santa prepares at home then heads out to deliver gifts before celebrating with reindeer at home.
I like this board book. While it obviously needs to be simple for young children, it covers a lot of ideas through the text and images.
For instance, it includes colours, numbers and shapes within the story and introduces the idea of Santa being tired out by all he does on Christmas Eve.
The sleigh on the front cover in inset and texture for young children to enjoy feeling – it makes the sleigh shiny, interesting and special.
I like the happy images of the reindeer, and I like the humour of Santa giving the dog and cat the wrong gifts. On the other hand, I’m not so sure it’s a good thing to give kids the idea that Santa may confuse gifts…
It is a happy story and sure to be enjoyed by any youngster, just as it was by my three year old nephew on Christmas Day!