From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–Poor Santa has a terrible cold, and his daughter, a self-possessed young lady in a red polka-dot skirt, green tights, and black boots, decides that she will take over. Santa tells her the secret to getting the reindeer to fly but warns her to keep their harness tight, because they hate hauling the sleigh and will escape if they can. At first everything goes well, but sure enough, the harness loosens, and the reindeer fly off, stranding Jeannette on a roof. Not to worry. A chance encounter with a few homeless dogs and cats sparks her imagination, and before you can say “suffering snowballs,” she's got them harnessed to the sleigh, and her delivery schedule back on track. Latyk's digitally rendered illustrations have a slightly retro feel, reminiscent of the work of J. Otto Siebold. A fun holiday read-aloud with a resourceful young heroine.Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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At last, a book that dares expose reindeer for the shiftless bums that they are! The setup, at least, is familiar: it’s Christmas Eve, and a cold is keeping Santa from delivering presents. Enter Santa’s daughter, Jeannette—oh, wait, you don’t know about Jeannette? Yeah, she’s pretty cool, wears nifty tights and rad boots, and says things like Time to rock and roll and Criminy Christmas Crackers. Jeannette takes the reins, literally, only to find that the usual suspects—Comet, Cupid, Donner, and worst of all, the insufferable Dasher—happily sail off into the night when the pin connecting the harness to the sleigh falls off. Thankfully, Jeannette quickly befriends some alley cats and stray dogs that are more than happy to pick up where those stupid hat racks (as Jeannette calls them) left off. The Photoshop-rendered artwork has a retro cut-paper feel and is filled with implausibly pastel animals and romantic big-city backdrops. With its unlikely antagonists and plucky heroine, this has the potential to be a fan favorite. Preschool-Grade 2. --Daniel Kraus