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MRS. CLAUS TAKES THE REINS
By: Sue Fliess
Illustrated by: Mark Chambers
Published: September 18, 2018
Publisher: Two Lions
When Santa wakes up sick on Christmas Eve morning, everyone at Santa’s Workshop and the North Pole is worried that Christmas will have to be canceled. But, not as long as Mrs. Claus is around. She can handle whatever it is that Santa does. With everyone in shock, Mrs. Claus says she will deliver the gifts all over the world on Christmas Eve.
Mrs. Claus assembles her crew, uses her smartphone to map her route, checks her list and the weather, packs some snacks (like any responsible mom would) and away she goes with her travel cup of coffee in hand. While going house to house, leaving gifts behind she is relishing in the joy of delivering Christmas to all the girls and boys. But, it wasn’t without some mishaps including bad weather, a leaky gas tank, a near head-on collision with a duck, and some tangled reins. But, just like Santa, Mrs. Claus pulled it off, visiting every house just in time.
Oh my gosh, I giggled my way through this book, mostly because of the illustrations. The first thing I noticed was Mrs. Claus’ curly, red hair. I knew right then I’d be passing this book on to my two red-haired nieces. It’s not a usual hair color choice for book characters. I loved how the artist chose to make Mrs. Claus modern with her smartphone and “Starbucks” like coffee to go. She took care in arranging the gifts under the tree and came up with quick fixes to some of the mishaps. Mrs. Claus truly saved the day and when Santa tries to thank her with a cup of hot cocoa, he is instead met with some very sleepy reindeer and a cashed out Mrs. Claus.
This is such a fun read with rhyming text and bright illustrations, kids will want to read it again and again. It’s one that is sure to become a classic in your Christmas book library.
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