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Santa’s Eleven Months Off

Santa’s Eleven Months Off

Mike Reiss
Illustrator:  Michael Montgomery 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Peachtree Publishers, 2007   ISBN: 978-1561454211

We all know that from December first until Christmas Santa Claus works "his rear off" making sure that every good girl and good boy in the world gets their due on Christmas Day. Not surprisingly the good man is pretty worn out after all this hard work, and for the rest of the year he takes a good rest. Mind you this does not mean he does nothing for eleven months. Dear me no!

In January he goes on an exercise binge, presumably to make up for all that fruitcake and eggnog he consumed the month before. Thankfully this state of affairs does not last too long, and in February he goes to Hollywood from some sunshine and fun. For a complete change of scene he visits Japan in May to participate in some sumo wrestling. Needless to say he wins "each match - no draws."

Then in June there are the Summer Reindeer Games to attend, and in July Santa is a super-spy. In September he, as usual, goes back to school. He is such a conscientious fellow you see. As for October, well just keep a look out for a bearded Easter Bunny at Trick-or-Treat time. Santa is a huge Halloween fan.

This is the perfect book for children who ask "What does Santa do after Christmas is over?" With wonderfully humorous rhymes - which will have readers giggling in not time - and delightful artwork, this picture book will give readers something a little different to read during the holiday season.