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The 12 Sleighs of Christmas
Contributor(s): Rinker, Sherri Duskey, Parker, Jake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1452145148     ISBN-13: 9781452145143
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: October 2017
Annotation: When the elves discover that Santa's sleigh is in bad shape they have a build-off to see who can create a better sleigh for Santa.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Elves; Juvenile fiction.
Christmas stories.
Sleighs; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
- Juvenile Fiction | Transportation
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2016032443
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 11.25" W x 0.25" (0.80 lbs) 40 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Two weeks before Christmas, the elves are expecting to do a quick tune-up on Santa's sleigh...but someone has totaled the thing. The gear-loving elves have a contest to see who can provide The Big Man with a souped-up replacement. Rinker's rhyming text revels in imaginative detail, and Parker's digitally colored brush-pen illustrations are up to the task. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #6)
Two weeks before Christmas, the elves are expecting to do a quick tune-up on Santa's sleigh…but someone has totaled the thing (the last spread provides a clue as to who, though when remains unclear). The gear-loving elves have a contest to see who can provide The Big Man with a souped-up replacement. Rinker's no stranger to vehicle books (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site; Steam Train, Dream Train), and her rhyming text revels in imaginative detail. Parker's digitally colored brush pen illustrations are up to the task of picturing "a DRAGSTER sleigh that really squeals," "a tricked-out semitruck that flies," etc. elissa gershowitz Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 September #1)

In this competition-minded holiday tale, Santa's elves discover that bigger and newer isn't always better. As the elves prepare to tune up Santa's sleigh for its Christmas Eve trip, they discover that it's a wreck: "The sleigh is totaled, smashed, and battered!/ The elves are rocked! They're shocked! It's shattered!" A dozen teams square off to create "the coolest sleigh," as judged by Santa himself. Though all manner of gleaming vehicles roll off the assembly line—hot rods, flying semi trucks, "aquatic, atomic, gigantic inventions"—it's the smallest elf who nails it, opting to refurbish, not reinvent. Rinker's zippy rhymes dip in and out of the elves' commentary ("?‘How's this for high-speed Christmas cheer?!'/ ‘That reindeer thing is so last year.'?"), and Parker's cartoons evoke vintage comics, mixing magic and mechanics as the elves' imaginations and talents run wild. Ages 3–5. Illustrator's agent: Judith Hansen, Hansen Literary. (Oct.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 October)

PreS-Gr 2—After discovering Santa's sleigh is in a terrible state, the elves propose having a build-off to create a new and better sleigh in the two weeks before Christmas. Santa will select the winner. The endpapers show the various sleigh designs on green graph paper as a hint to what is coming. Rhyming text introduces the building teams' final designs, including a dragster sleigh with gliders instead of wheels; a tricked-out semi-truck that flies; a floating ship with 50 sails; a blimp—hot-air balloon hybrid; a motorcycle-sleigh; and "flying saucers, trucks with wings, all sorts of clever, crazy things." On Christmas Eve, Santa is amused and proud of all the elves' inventions, but nothing seems exactly right. The smallest elf crew member knows what to do, he has secretly been working on a backup plan—surprise! Santa's sleigh, restored. The 500-year-old classic ride wins the build-off. The colorful illustrations, created in brush pen and rendered digitally, are a perfect fit for sleigh creations reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's imaginative vehicles. VERDICT A splendid choice for any holiday read-aloud collection wishing to incorporate STEM concepts.—Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.