Santa's Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of Stories

illus. by Élodie Duhameau. 56p. Crackboom. Oct. 2017. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9782924786055.
PreS-Gr 2—This book aims to serve as an Advent calendar, with one story for each day in the countdown to Christmas. All of the entries take place at the North Pole, where Santa and his elves are frantically trying to get ready for the big event. Much of the humor and appeal is a little too adult for the intended audience, with references to typical workplace situations and Santa's workouts that are intended to get him in shape for lifting heavy bags of toys. The colorful cartoon illustrations are more child-friendly than the text.
VERDICT Not an essential library purchase.

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