cover image Teeny Tiny Santa

Teeny Tiny Santa

Rachel Matson, illus. by Joey Chou. Cartwheel, $5.99 (16p) ISBN 978-1-338-31849-4

When a “teeny tiny fox” clad in a simple orange scarf fears he’s too small to be noticed by Santa, he gives a “teeny tiny sigh.” But he’s soon surprised by “the sound of a teeny tiny Ho! Ho! Ho!” issuing forth from a miniature Santa Claus, who arrives with a not-so-tiny bag of presents. With a round white beard that fills most of his face, the mini Santa happily spreads holiday cheer, acknowledging not just the little fox but also the oversize snowman grinning nearby. Chou’s blue and white winterscapes draw on geometric motifs—wintry snow-flecked trees are triangular, and snow falls primarily in simple circles—and Matson’s singsongy rhymes abound pleasingly with “teeny tinys.” It’s a teeny tale of holiday magic just right for its tiny board book format. Ages up to 3. [em](Sept.) [/em]