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Library : Book Reviews > Wake Up, Santa Claus!

Wake Up, Santa Claus!
by Marcus Pfister

Review by: Yvonne Gaudet

     It all started on a wintry day, in a little wooden house, amid a thick blanket of snow. This is the house where Santa lives, but he was still curled up in bed, dreaming quietly. He pops up in a hurry, out of his warm bed, he has slept in! Poor Santa is not having a good start to his day. First the jolly old elf is missing his hat, and then he has misplaced one of his boots! Could things get any easier? He opens his front door only to find he has been snowed in and must shovel a path to the barn. Hours later he is able to open the doors to the stable to see his reindeers, but they do not want to go outside in the frigid arctic weather. Santa pushes his sled out of the shed and attaches the reindeers to it with their harnesses, and is about to take off when he realizes he has forgotten something. He must go back to the house to get his sack full of presents for the good little boys and girls. Santa encounters more problems when the sack he is carrying is too large to fit through the door, so he must repack all his goodies into smaller bags. When he successfully loads his precious cargo onto his magical sleigh, the reindeer won’t budge. How could Santa have forgotten to feed them? After doing the last chore, Santa again hops onto his sleigh for take-off but the sleigh is stuck. Will Santa ever get things underway? Will Christmas come this year? The day is getting colder and the snow is getting deeper, suddenly Santa hears ringing bells. Louder and louder, the bells keep ringing until.....
     Sorry you have to read the book to find out the surprise ending of this one! Amazing pictures of this winter wonderland and written in a way to hold a child’s attention until the very end. Perfect for Christmas Eve and the days before Christmas. I recommend this book for ages 2 to 92 and all others who still believe in Santa Claus and the magic of Christmas!

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