Jeannette Claus Saves Christmas

Douglas Rees, illus. by Olivier Latyk, S&S/McElderry, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4169-2686-3
Proving that Rudolph isn't the only one who can come through in the clutch, when Santa Claus gets sick on Christmas Eve his daughter, Jeannette, takes the reins. And when the snarky reindeer leave her with a sleigh half full of presents, levelheaded Jeannette improvises with friendly stray cats and dogs she finds in a city alley ("On Blaster, on Blackjack, on Wheezer and Grover!") before giving them a new home at the North Pole. Latyk's flat digital illustrations in pale pink and cool turquoise lend a soft retro flair to Rees's inventive and humorous tale. Ages 5–8. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/18/2010
Release date: 10/01/2010
Genre: Children's
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