From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-Santa needs a backup plan: the reindeer have colds and are too sick to pull his sleigh. He presents a couple of wild ideas to his multiracial, multicultural crew of elves (one responds by saying, "Oy!"), but, as in the author's Santa's New Suit (HarperCollins, 2000), it's Mrs. Claus who saves the day. Cartoon illustrations, dialogue bubbles, frenetic activity, and childlike concepts result in amusing and assured storytelling.-S. P.
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PreS-Gr. 1. When Santa's reindeer come down with terrible colds, the Christmas Eve flight looks iffy. Santa tries replacement animals and a homemade blimp, but nothing works until Mrs. Claus's comforting cocoa (recipe appended) cures the sniffling deer. The ending may sound less than convincing, but Rader has already set the stage and warmed up her audience for laughs, not logic, with amusing pictures of animals auditioning for the reindeers' job: ducks cavorting in tutus, monkeys with wings strapped on, and an elephant held aloft by a dozen balloons. The cartoon-like ink drawings, washed with cheerful colors, include a energetic cast of elves and animals making observations and sometimes comical comments as the story rolls along. Good fun for the Santa set. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved