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Thursday 19 December 2013

Review: Redcap's Christmas

Redcap wants to work in Santa’s workshop, preparing the toys for delivery on Christmas Eve, but what he really wants, more than anything else in the world, is to meet Santa.

Redcap knows that if he wants his dream of working for Santa and meeting the man himself to come true, he will have to work hard. What he doesn’t realise is that he will also have to deal with all sorts of mishaps and adventures and the chaos created by his new friend Jellybean. Can Redcap save the day and earn the chance to meet Santa?

Redcap’s Christmas is a collection of seven short stories featuring Redcap and his new friends at Santa’s workshop in the North Pole. Each story is complete in itself, but together they follow Redcap from his arrival at Santa’s workshop trying to convince the elves Firem and Hiram to give him a job through to Santa’s departure on Christmas Eve to deliver toys.

The stories are filled with humour and mishap as Redcap tries to earn the right to meet Santa, although mostly he seems to be simply trying to tidy up the mess and chaos caused by his accident-prone friend Jellybean.

This is a great book to read with younger children, reading one chapter/story a night in the lead up to Christmas Eve. Older children already comfortable with chapter books and early novels will be able to read the story themselves.

Title: Redcap's Christmas
Author: Susan Cason
Illustrator: Ben Wood
Publisher: Omnibus Books, $15.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2013
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781742990217
For ages: 5-9
Type: Junior Fiction