By David Biedrzycki
Charlesbridge Press, $7.95, 32 pages

Christmas Eve will soon be here and Santa must prepare for the big night. But when he pulls his sled out of the workshop, he sees that it is in no condition to fly. It needs major repairs. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, Santa discovers that the reindeer are out of shape after a year of eating nothing but North Pole pizza, popcorn, and ice cream sundaes. A practice run with the broken sled and couch potato reindeer turns into a disaster. Can the elves save the day? Orville Elf informs Santa that the elves can build him a jet to use on Christmas Eve. Rudolph and the other reindeer are in jeopardy of being replaced. They hatch a plan to be there for Santa just in case his new jet isn’t able to save Christmas. Will they have a chance to redeem themselves? David Biedrzychi’s holiday children’s book Santa’s New Jet tells the story of Santa’s most challenging Christmas. The illustrations are a riot. Kids will love searching for intricate details and Biedrzychi has included hidden images (an elf, sled, and reindeer) to find on every page. This story of second chances, friendship, and holiday cheer is sure to become a new family favorite.


Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin,