GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- My toddler loves books! Story time is a part of our nightly routine and as a parent you know reading the same old book over and over is mind-numbing. I love that he has favorites but after reading the same story night after night my husband and I find ourselves tucking away some of those stories that we just can’t take anymore. Every new book to our son’s growing collection is a welcome change! When I received a copy of ‘Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas‘ I was immediately impressed with the cute cover, beautiful illustrations and nice heavy and glossy card stock the pages were printed on.
I set it aside for a few days thinking August is pretty early to break out the Christmas stories, but after reading Easton’s favorite three Sesame Street books for the fifth night in a row, I totally caved and said, “Easton, instead of Burt and Ernie would you like to read a new Santa book?!” He immediately perked right up, tossed the other books aside and agreed. I ran out to the growing stack of “stuff” on the table, un-buried the book and cuddled up with my almost three-year-old to read about ‘Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas‘.
We both LOVED it! What a cute story. We followed Santa’s silly adventure of the Christmas Eve where everything went wrong. From a purple Santa suit, to upside down Christmas trees and wacky reindeer we found ourselves giggling quite a bit. Easton actually made me re-read the “wacky reindeer” names page about seven times. The readers get to follow Santa as he finds a lot of Christmas mix-ups. His sleigh turns into a jet, the elf grow too tall, the reindeer turn blue and instead of cookies and milk every is drinking tea and honey. Oh-no!
This is an an adorable book that I think deserves a spot on every kid’s bookshelf this holiday season. I can see it becoming a holiday favorite for us. Also my husband is a 2nd grade teacher and I think this is a great book for the classroom!
Book Description: Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas is a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book telling a whimsical tale of Santa’s journey through a Christmas Eve that doesn’t go as he expects. One small event leads to a series of surprises that change Santa and Christmas as we know it.
Authors: Written by award winning author DK Simoneau & David Radman
Toddler Feedback: My three–year–old was engaged with the beautiful illustrations, the cute rhyming patterns and the silly Santa scenarios! A great find, we LOVED this book.