Santa's Countdown to Christmas
24 Days of Stories
by Kim Thompson, illustrated by Elodie Duhameau
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Pub Date 11 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 07 Dec 2022
Chouette Publishing, CrackBoom! Books
Count the days until Christmas with Santa and his elves!
Help little ones be patient until Christmas with this storytelling twist on the timeless Advent tradition. Each day, starting December 1st and counting down to Christmas Eve, children can read a story that recounts how Santa and Mrs. Claus, the elves and the reindeer get ready for the big night ahead, from Santa’s initial fitness test (will he make it through the chimney this year?) to a behind-the-scenes look at Santa’s toy factory. A book that captures all the excitement and the magic of the holiday season.
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Average rating from 49 members
This was so sweet and fun. Its probably a little too young for most of my middle schoolers, but I am glad I read it. A new story for every day of advent is a super fun and original concept, and I'd love a YA anthology like this.
The art it in this was really delightful, and will charm young readers. I liked that this was like a backstage peek at what Santa and his elves do to prep for Christmas, and the author got really creative. There were some funny bits, like Santa's workout regime and his visit with the fashion design elves. I do wish Mrs. Claus got to do more but I was glad she was featured.
Ultimately, this was a sweet and often funny Christmas story that will be great for kiddos counting down to Christmas. Its a fun spin on Advent and will add a little excitement for readers in the leadup to Christmas. What a treat!
I really enjoyed "Santa's Countdown to Christmas". It's set up to have a short story to read each day in December about Santa and Mrs. Claus preparing for Christmas. I think my 3.5 year old would like the book. The illustrations are very cute too. This is a book that would be fun to read as a tradition every December.
Thank you so much to Chouette/ CrackBoom! Books and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.
Santa has a long list of things to do starting on the 1st December and must cross everything off with the help of his elves and Mrs. Clause. Each day Santa will count down and cross another thing off his list.
I love the creativity of this not only was it Santa’s countdown but it’s a perfect countdown for children too. They will be getting so excited as it gets closer and closer to Christmas and this gives them and idea of what Santa could be doing in preparation for it. I can imagine this also being used along side an adventure calendar, one page a day until Santa’s list is completed.
I loved that it was comical, Santa had so many funny catch phrases, Tek the elf was always coming up with some new funny technology to improve Santas job, and Poppy the elf was getting stressed over the toys being made in time. It was all made so comical children will be giggling away whilst reading or listening to this.
It had really nice illustrations on each page and seeing what they were up to within the story is always fun, children will be inspecting the pictures I’m sure. I really loved the creativity of this and the uniqueness, I’ve not seen a Christmas book done in this way before and I really enjoyed it.
This is a perfect family read aloud book, it’s enjoyable for most ages that are excited for Christmas Day to arrive. It’s funny, nice to look at, the story is creative and it will get you all Christmassy.
I love that this is a children's book with more words in it. I also love all the drawings and graphics.
This would be such a fun book to read with kids each day in December as a countdown
This would be the perfect book to read daily leading up to Christmas My son is young, so I’m not sure he’d appreciate all of the text, but the idea of reading one page a day at bedtime would be fun.
The story and illustrations are engaging. The story is funny. Santa is a very busy man leading up to Christmas. Children will enjoy seeing what he does each day to prepare.
This was a cute story. And my kids really enjoyed it. They even asked if we could read it again closer to Christmas!
Santa's Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson - 4 stars
Ever wonder what Santa does while waiting for the Christmas eve to arrive, well this is the story for you. As everyone at the South Pole waits for the big day, they spend their time getting ready, relaxing, working out and enjoying themselves.
As I read this Christmas story to my children, they enjoyed not just the story, but they truly loved counting down the days with the story line. The illustrations are bright, fun and definitely give you the Christmas feeling. This was a huge hit at bedtime in my house
Thank you NetGalley and Chouette Publishing for the ARC.
Santa’s Countdown to Christmas was fun read. The illustrations are colorful and perfect for the cute story line. Realistically, as a Mom of 3, I won’t read my kids one page each day in December. This would be cute as a shorter read in one sitting as you see Santa get ready for Christmas.
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book! Below is my honest review.
Summary of plot:
Each day, starting on December 1st, there's a new story related to Christmas, Santa Claus, and reindeers! There's one about reading children's letters to Santa, one about making toys, one about a fitness test for Santa, etc.
Pros about the book:
✔️ CHRISTMAS <3
✔️ Each day is a new story, so it's similar to an advent calendar
✔️ The stories are funny and Santa is great (he's also super busy! Who knew all this effort went into Christmas gift-giving?!)
✔️ Colorful and cute illustrations
Cons about the book:
❌ I can see little ones losing interest quickly since there's a lot of text.
Would I recommend this book? Yes because I love Christmas.
Short Christmas stories for children from the first of December to Christmas day itself. I like the premise, but literally no child I've ever read a book to has been okay to just read one page -- they always demand I go through the rest of the book to finish it, regardless of age -- so I'm not sure how this will blow over with actual children. Maybe some other people out there have figurative unicorn children who are patient and accepting of books like this. The only time I've been able to read a portion of a book to kids was with old-fashioned readers, with multiple stories inside (and multiple pages for each story).
We know what Santa does on Christmas Eve but what is happening at the workshop before then? This delightful, colorful, fun advent themed book takes us behind the scenes with Santa and his elves. I really enjoyed everything about this book. The names for the elves are too cute and the illustrations are so vivid and bright. It would make a great bedtime story in December for the little ones, by reading a page a night up until Christmas Eve. I must purchase a copy for my niece.
Santa’s Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson is a very cute way to do an advent calendar for children. The illustrations are beautiful. Read the book and do the countdown with your children.
I appreciated this children's book that has more words than a typical one. All of my kids enjoyed this story.
Thank you for the copy!
Suffering Succotash this was an adorable story book! Any child from 1 to 100 will love this! I enjoyed the colorful pictures and it just made Christmas getting here seem so quick as we follow along with Santa and his crew on their daily duties getting ready for the big day. This will totally become a holiday tradition book to read each year!
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
This book is an excellent way to share the excitement and anticipation of Christmas with the children in your life. The stories are fun, relevant and entertaining. The illustrations are cute and engaging. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to sharing it with me early reader grandson. Thanks #NetGalley
⭐⭐⭐⭐ -- A cute cover on this one!
This was such a cute book (even if Santa looks a bit like a maniac 😂). This is basically an advent calendar in book form. Each chapter represents one day and one task in preparation for Christmas. The illustrations are bright and colorful and I think this would make a really fun book to read to the little ones before bed.
**ARC Via NetGalley**
Kids will enjoy this countdown as Santa prepares for Christmas. It’s a fun read aloud with the funny exclamations Santa makes and they’ll like the cute illustrations.
It was a very simple story. I liked that each page was set up to read each day. Not overwhelming and easy to do. Kids will enjoy this. They will look forward to continuing the story each night.
This countdown to Christmas is such a cute story and set up kind of like an Advent. My son really enjoyed reading through this and the graphics. It's cute and focuses on the days leading up to Christmas from the North Pole. Definitely a cute book to add to a childs Christmas book collection. I received this as an ARC from Netgalley and Chouette Publishing.
A really fun Christmas book for kids! I made sure to read this on my own, then to my daughter--she adored it and asks for me to read it over and over.
This is a cute story! My kids love Christmas stories and advent calendars that involve books, so this perfect for our family! I love the idea of having a daily story that can be used as an advent calendar and plan on adding it to our yearly books. I feel like this book is a different spin on the typical Christmas story since it shows what Santa is doing for the 24 days before Christmas, which I also appreciate.
Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for the eARC! This is an adorable read about how Santa prepares for Christmas. I like how it was more than just making the toys and flying the sled- Santa's fitness test was playful and fun! The book is set up like a calendar and what Santa needs to do on each of the days which I thought was very cute. This book would go along great with an advent calendar. This would also be a great read to break up throughout the month of December to read daily so the children can know what Santa is doing each day to prepare for the big day. Super cute read and I would recommend for families with young children who believe in the spirit of Christmas and Santa!
This was a great book to read every night leading up to Christmas to help count down the days left until Christmas.
Review to come December 1st to blog/goodreads/etc..
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
I was planning on reviewing this one for Christmas, but after reading this one, I thought heck no. This one needs to be read before and until Christmas! It is like an advent calendar, just with stories instead of little presents or chocolate. XD Today, December 1st, is the DAY to get this book and start reading it.
OK, I didn't read it a story a day, I just wanted to soak it all up, plus, I couldn't wait. But for kids this one is perfect. The stories are bite-sized and perfect for a couple of minutes a day before bed (or at another more special time).
In this book we start at December 1st and go all the way to Christmas. Each day has a short story about an event happening during that day. From the preparations to tech-jinks from our Tek elf to getting fit and ready to go up on the roof to Rudolf getting a cold and there is much more. Each day counts down to the events and there is also another story that comes back most of the days, namely the wish of a little sad boy who didn't want anything and is lonely. It is up to Santa to find a present so perfect it will make the boy smile again. I really head fun reading each story and seeing Christmas get closer and see more and more things get done. I do vote to get rid of the "How many more presents do we need to wrap" machine, good lord, that thing would give any sane person anxiety 100%. XD I loved seeing all the things that were happening at Santa's place and I just want to sleep in those plushies, eat some yummy Christmas bakes, and also pet the reindeer. I just love how many things are the same for each Christmas Santa book, but yet there are always small details/differences.
I also loved seeing all the different elves. From the ones who bake to the one who makes Santa a bit more modern (though some things he should maybe test a bit more... and some things he shouldn't forget).
The illustrations are just terrific. I really loved how Mr and Ms. Claus were drawn, but also the elves and the TON of details. The art is just so much fun and gives the book some extra sparks and glitter. There is so much to see on each illustration and I love the colours.
All in all, a perfect Christmas book and oh so much fun to read. Maybe I will just do a re-read from today on until Christmas! I wouldn't mind that! Recommended to all looking for a fun and creative book with great art!
Wonderfully illustrated pages with a cute story. I wonder how many kids will be content to just read a page a day? It was too fun to read it in one go!
Wow what a great story concept!! I love the idea of reading one page a day counting down until Christmas (24 days worth) and getting a piece of the story each day.
I found the story/ writing itself a little wordy and long personally, so it won’t be making my list of favourite Christmas stories BUT the concept and the illustrations make up for where the words are lacking in my opinion. It also could be that it’s intended to be read one page at a time and I read it in one sitting. Either way it was a very fun Christmas read and I’d recommend it to school age children.
When my children were smaller, we often tried to read the popular "chapter each night" holiday books but always seemed to miss a night or get behind, which ruins things. This charming picture book would have been PERFECT! Each page has enough text to qualify as a bedtime story but would be perfect for kiddos who aren't ready to sit through many pages of a chapter book each and every night. If you missed a night of this book before the kids crashed early, it would be easy to catch up. Also, the story is so engaging and amusing! The pictures are hilarious and the story, with the addition of a new puppy at the North Pole for the Claus family, is such a great idea! I think this would be perfect to gift to someone with young children at Thanksgiving, so they can get started on December 1st! I highly recommend this one!
"Tis the season to be jolly" and excited. This delightful engaging book will calm that excitement as a story unfolds each day for wee ones to enjo before the BIG Christmas event takes place. "Santa's Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of Stories" is the perfect storytelling Advent calendar. I love the whole concept and kid's will too.
Starting December 1st kids will enjoy a wonderful story that explains how Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and the reindeer prepare for that epic night on Christmas Eve.
Santa makes sure he is physically fit for the long and arduous journey ahead of him and kids discover what happens at Santa's toy factory.
The illustrations are colourful and detailed. The book certainly captures the atmosphere and fervour around this magical time of the year.
Happy holiday season everyone! Read your child into a joyous Christmas experience.
The illustrations and some of the stories are cute, but some were overly cutesie. The exclamations from Santa overdid for me. I liked the idea of the format encouraging to read one page every day leading up to Christmas. However, I felt like this specific story would have benefited from making the daily stories a little longer, or nixong the daily countdown and just make it a story about what Santa needs to prepare for Christmas.
Another fun and precious Christmas Countdown for the little ones. In the style of an Advent Calendar, this one instills some patience, giving one story a night from December 1st up until Christmas Eve, all of which tell a different story of how Santa and Mrs. Clause prepare for the holidays and the big toy delivery on Christmas Eve. From Santa’s initial fitness test, to a behind the scenes look at his toy factory, to when Santa goes to the post office in the North Pole to check his mail, to checking on the North Pole Pet Room, to lots of baking and sweet treats, and more, this one is the perfect countdown to Christmas for the kids, truly. So fun, so creative, and so sweet.
Santa's Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau was published on October 2, 2017 and is a book format of an advent calendar. Told from the perspective of Santa Claus, the storyline chronicles what Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and the reindeer do in preparation of Christmas on each day of December leading up to Christmas Day.
I'd like to thank NetGalley and Crackboom! Books for giving me a copy of Santa's Countdown to Christmas in exchange for my honest review. I was thrilled to be approved to read this book because I love Christmas and am a kid at heart.
This picture book was well written and engaging. The illustrations were phenomenal as well. I even enjoyed reading it as an adult. I wish I had kids of my own so I could buy it for them, but I guess I'll have to settle for buying for family members and friends who have kids that believe in Santa Claus. I'd recommend this book for babies through eight years old. Reading this with kids on each day of December would make for a great tradition.
Five out of five stars is what I give Santa's Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau.
This is a nice story, written in the format of an Advent calendar; read one passage a day. The stories are cute and the illustrations are really nice. It's a great book to read with kids throughout December!
Thank you to Chouette Publishing, CrackBoom! Books for the chance to read and review this book prior to release.
This cover is adorable and every page was so fun and colorful- it would really make every child happy!
I love that each page is a new day and story!
This would make a perfect Christmas present for the child in your life.
This delightful book is a countdown from December 1st to Christmas Eve. It’s all about the day-to-day happenings at Santa’s place in the North Pole as Santa, Mrs. Claus, the reindeer and all the elves get ready for the big day.
The book can be read in one go or day-by-day throughout December. It works very well either way, as each little story is more of an amusing moment in Santa’s life. But altogether it makes for a complete story!
Santa’s days are filled with workout sessions, reading letters from children around the world, Tek the Elf and his wacky new inventions, testing stuffed animals for huggability, tasting the Christmas baking, taking the reindeer out for exercise and lots more!
I think any child reading this book will be enchanted with all the ins-and-outs of Santa and Mrs. Claus’s lives. I know I would have been as a kid!
One of the cutest parts of the story are Santa’s expressions. He says things like “Gallopin’ gravy!” and “Cracklin’ candy canes!” There’s a different expression on each day. I love it!
I highly recommend this book for the pre-school to Grade 1 set, but honestly, I think it will appeal to some older children, too!
Santa needs to get in shape for his big night delivering gifts all over the world. He also needs to find a special gift for each girl and boy. How he meets his goals makes an engaging read in this colorfully illustrated, captivating book.
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a really wonderful Christmas book. The pictures are adorable!
Christmas is coming! There's so much to do, and only twenty-four days to get ready.
Join Santa, and all the North Pole residents as they scurry around preparing for the Big Day.
But, this year, Santa has a perplexing puzzle to solve; just what do you give a little boy who didn't ask for anything? (The answer will make you go, "Aww!")
Whether you and your child read this one day at a time, or all at once, it is just a delightful book. The text is packed with humor, and the jazzy, retro illustrations by Élodie Duhameau are wonderful.
This is certainly the merriest book I've read this year!
My new favourite children's picture story book for the holidays!
Santa's Countdown to Christmas is perfect for celebrating the holiday season with younger readers. With a short chapter each day of the month giving a new installment to the story of how Santa prepares for the big day, this book is sure to be popular with both kids and adults.
The illustrations fit the book perfectly and I loved the humour too. A really cute book to read with little ones this Christmas season.
Thank you NetGalley and Chouette Publishing (1987) Inc. for the opportunity to read "Santa's Countdown to Christmas: 24 Stories" in exchange for my honest review.
This book has colourful illustrations and a funny story each day for the month of December leading up to Christmas. Santa does different things on different days. He will read letters that children have sent him, elves have many toys to make in response to the letters. Santa does a fitness test to see if he's ready for the big night but he's spent the year napping and needs to get back in shape. There is an Elf named Tek who has many crazy invention starting with a GPS for the sleigh. Santa visits with pets and stuffed animals where he's supposed to do hug tests but he ends up nap testing a pile. He tests all the cookies, visits the reindeer games. He needs a new suit - he claims his old one shrunk in the wash. He also spends a part of each day thinking of the perfect gift for a little boy who asked for nothing for himself only something for his sister.
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