cover image SANTA'S STUCK


Rhonda Gowler Greene, , illus. by Henry Cole. . Dutton, $15.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-525-47292-6

One snack too many lands Santa in a tight spot—literally. During his appointed gift- giving rounds on Christmas Eve, Santa can't resist nibbling the numerous treats and sweets the children leave out for him. But the goodies take a toll on his waistline, leaving jolly St. Nick wedged, unable to whisk himself back up a chimney. Luckily he receives a helping paw (and a few hooves). This playful package of rhyming verse and humorous acrylic-and-colored-pencil vignettes will likely get the giggles going. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)