Review: Santa’s Eleven Months Off by Mike Reiss

December 14, 2010 4-8 years of age, Kid-Lit/Middle Grade, Peachtree Publishers, Review 5


  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (September 1, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1561454214
  • Source: Publisher
  • What does Santa do the other 11 months he’s not working? He goes to Hollywood, sumo wrestles in Japan, attends the Summer Reindeer Games, & is even a secret agent!  Continuing his education is also paramount, so Santa takes courses like Cookie Baking, Elf Esteem, Basic Reindeer Labor Laws, etc.  But by November he’s already preparing for December so he spends the entire month sleeping!

    Santa’s Eleven Months Off may be my youngest son’s favorite book of this season! We’ve read it at least a dozen times.  He loves the rhyming & lyrical text.  The illustrations, by Michael Montgomery, are both classic & comical! 

    The great thing about this book is that it’s not season specific-you could easily pull it out and read it at any point in the year.  It goes through the year, month by month, describing Santa’s activities for that particular month. It’s a great way for young children to learn the months of the year!

    The author is known for his children’s books, but parents may recognize him as a former writer for the Simpsons! His comical side clearly shows in his writing!

    I highly recommend this book as an addition to your home or public library.  It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

    Thanks to the publisher, I have an extra copy of this book to give away!  To enter, please fill out the form below.  The winner will be contacted on Wednesday, December 22nd. In the spirit of the holidays, this giveaway is open worldwide!

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