Happy Santa Day!: Elf Academy 3

S. & S./Aladdin. (QUIX). Sept. 2022. 80p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534467958; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781534467941.
Gr 1-3–It’s the day after Christmas, and Santa and his reindeer are back home catching much-needed naps. At the Elf Academy, the elves have finished straightening up the workshop, and their teacher, Ms. Dow, has a new project for them. Every elf will write Santa a thank-you note. But notes quickly turn into a surprise thank-you party, and faster than Santa can say, “Ho Ho Ho,” Happy Santa Day is on! The third title in Katz’s “Elf Academy” series is an easy-to-follow, fun, fast read with short paragraphs and chapters, big fonts, and gentle humor. Isik’s lively illustrations show a diverse cast. A table of contents, cast of characters, vocabulary list, and discussion questions help emerging readers engage with the story while sharpening their reading and comprehension skills. Finding quality holiday-themed chapter books that hold early readers’ attention can be challenging for media specialists and public librarians, which makes this one an appealing purchase.
VERDICT Young readers who wonder what Santa and his elves do the day after Christmas will enjoy this post-holiday title. Recommended for early chapter book collections.

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