This was very cute! I shared it with my 4 year old daughter and she loved it. It will probably become a Christmas time staple. It was cute, rhymed really well, and the pictures were bright, vibrant, and clear. :)
Thank you to BooksGoSocial and Netgalley for an ARC!
It was a very, very enjoyable read. I will be recommending this to everyone I know who has small kids. The writing is fun, the story is fun, and the lesson is great.
A silly, rhyming, Christmas story. Enjoy Santa saving his elves and their Christmas Eve adventure with great pictures.
This was a really lovely story and we loved the illustrations!
I read the book with my daughter and she loved it, she was pointing out what the elves were doing and really enjoyed the story. She read the book to me and it was a great way for us to spend some time away from the TV, tablets and phones as well. We do love a traditional book at times, rather than an eBook (not that there is not a time and place for them, I read plenty!)
We will definitely be reading it again nearer Christmas day – it was brilliant, lots of fun and giggles had, it is no hesitation in giving this one 5 stars – a fab Christmas read – very highly recommended!
What naughty elves! They sneak away at the busiest time of the year. Kids wand parents alike will enjoy the Twas the Night Before Christmas type rhymes.
A delightful story of Santa setting out to find his missing elves .
It’s Christmas time and Santa is looking for his elves to wrap presents in time for Christmas.
A wonderful story told in rhyme that will delight children of all ages .
The illustrations were beautiful and colorful..
I just reviewed Santa's Lost Elves by Rachel Hilz. #SantasLostElves #NetGalley
This is a great children's Christmas book, which my daughter and I loved reading together. It tells the story of Santa looking for his missing elves, and it is so cute and fun. The illustrations in the book are bright and colourful, and the text is easy to read. This book would make a wonderful Christmas gift for any young child. Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book.
This book was simply amazing! The artwork was so well done! The rhymes were so cute. It was a perfect Christmas book. My kids loved it and as soon as we were done reading they asked me to read it again and if we can buy it. I will definitely be picking this one up for our Christmas book collection! Definitely recommend!!
I was expecting a seek-and-find book as Santa goes on the hunt for his missing workers, but it's really just the Big Man rescuing the little minions from where they're trapped - all in one place.
I wasn't at all impressed by this one, and am flabbergasted by all the five-star reviews.
Then again, I'm not the intended audience.
Looks like it'll be coal in my stocking . . . again.
My grandsons loved this book so much that I bought a copy for them for Christmas.
The illustrations were cute as was the storyline. It was easy for my grandsons to follow along and they wanted to read the book over and over again.
I thought this book was cute. My child liked it. I am not sure that I would purchase this book for others, but was still a nice read.
Such a cute and colorful picture book. Santa knows something is amiss when it gets way to quiet. Where are the elves? When Santa discovers they are missing he enlists the help of his trusty reindeer to track them down and get them all home safely. It seems the elves have gone off for a day of skiing but find themselves stranded on the ski lift - Santa to the rescue. The story is so well told in rhyme and the illustrations are so engaging that you just have to stop and examine all that is happening on each page! Add this one to your holiday picture book collection! Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced copy for my honest review.
This is a cute book! My 5 year old class loves it, we read it every day! It's a spin0off of "Twas the Night Before Christmas", and has lots of cute rhymes. The illustrations are great, the kids love pointing out the funny things the elves and reindeer were up to on each page. I will definitely recommend this to my friends and co-workers, and buy a physical copy for my class! Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of this arc in exchange for my honest review.
I liked the play on "The Night Before Christmas." The illustrations were nice. It was a cute read for Christmas.
Thank you to the publisher for this copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is a lovely Christmas story. The rhythm of the text makes it a great read. The pictures are beautiful and colourful.
I read it with my grandson who loved it. We both thought Bucky looked great with his glowing nose, and once more, Santa and his elves were heroes. The perfect ingredients for a good Christmas story.
We loved this cute little Christmas story. I mean, who doesn't love the elves and getting a little glimpse into what they do when they're not building toys in a bit of a slapstick "Santa lost them" sort of way was just plain fun. I dare you not to smile reading this one.
My kids especially loved the reindeer. They noted that the lead reindeer was NOT Rudolf nor was his nose red...but they rolled with it.
Special shout out to the illustrator. The illustrations are bright and fun and scream Christmas. Well done, all.
***Review first posted to Feathered Quill Book Reviews***
Santa's Lost Elves: A Funny Christmas Holiday Storybook Adventure for Kids
By: Rachel Hilz
Illustrated by: Remesh Ram
Publisher: Spirit Frog Press
Publication Date: October 2023
Reviewer by: Diana Coyle
Review Date: November 2, 2023
What does Santa do when he calls upon his elves and they aren’t anywhere to be found? It’s Christmas Eve and Santa needs to get ready to do his overnight job of delivering toys around the world to the good boys and girls, but when he calls his elves, no one answers in Santa’s Lost Elves by Rachel Hilz. Santa is in a panic because time is running out before he needs to leave to deliver all the toys. What is Santa to do?
Santa looks high and low in every possible place where the elves normally hang out with each other, but to no avail, no elves are found anywhere. He calls them on his cell phone, but still no one answers. All he knows is they left in the morning and promised to return for their planned Christmas flight. But without the elves, Christmas Eve will turn out to be a disaster this year if Santa doesn’t start finding what happened to all of them. He soon finds out that they decided to go to the mountain to have some fun and blow off some steam before their big night ahead. Since they still had a little time left before heading home, they decided to do one more ski run down the mountain. But little do they know, the ski lift is going to break and they are all going to be stuck for quite a while.
The facial expressions of Santa throughout this children’s picture book were priceless. Readers will find themselves laughing out loud at how expressive he was and just how panicked he was becoming as time ticked on and he couldn’t find his elves. When he finally found them all stuck in the ski lift, he came up with a creative idea in rounding up his reindeer to go pick up all the elves and the children who were stuck on the lift with the elves. It was time to bring the elves and children home to safety and who else to do such a great deed than Santa himself?
Another enjoyable thing about this book was that the author wrote in rhyme to the classic story, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. As soon as you start reading, you will immediately go into the cadence of how the original Christmas story is read and you will effortlessly read Santa’s Lost Elves in that same cadence. This will add to the reader’s pleasure while turning the pages of Hilz’s book.
The illustrations done by Remash Ram can be enjoyed by the reader, just as much as reading the book itself. They were comical and whimsical at the same time. Children will love looking at the funny pictures as they are having the book read to them, or they are independently reading to themselves.
Additional information to note is that this book is the third of 3 in the Santa’s Lost series and is written for the 4-8 year-old range. This book can definitely be read without reading the others, but what child wouldn’t love reading all three books in this series to fully enjoy what Santa, his elves, and reindeer are up to?
Quill says: Santa’s Lost Elves is a story that children, along with adults, will love reading. It teaches children that although things don’t always go as planned, if you think it through, you can come up with a solution that will work for everyone. Plus, it stresses that teamwork is very important when needing to get things done in a timely fashion.
This is a cute Christmas story in which Santa has to come to the rescue of his missing elves when they get stuck on a ski lift. With rhyming prose and cute illustrations, this is a sweet addition to a Christmas library.
This was such a cute book! I LOVED the illustrations. I could definitely see myself reading this one again. The rhyming was very well done. As an adult, I appreciated the satire throughout. Well done!
This is such a lovely picture book! The text is also darling, and it reads easily and effortlessly, the text kind of flows and sometimes makes you smile, sometimes makes you laugh. The pictures complement the text perfectly.
There is one thing I’d most definitely change about the book, it’s the font. It looks a bit… wonky. Yes, it’s cute and quirky, but that works only if you are an adult and a neurotypical one at that. If you are dyslexic or if you are a young child who is just learning to read on their own, then it won’t work. Confusing and difficult. Or, it works if you don’t expect the child to read along with you, follow the text, and do all the reading aloud yourself.