Oh, What a Christmas!


Join Santa's wild ride in this soon-to-be Christmas classic!

When the harness to Santa's sleigh breaks mid-flight, Dasher, Dancer, and the rest of the reindeer gang fly off into the night...leaving Santa and all of his presents stranded!

Who will guide Santa's sleigh and save Christmas now?

Luckily, Santa lands by a tiny barn filled with sleepy animals. With a twinkle in his...

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Join Santa's wild ride in this soon-to-be Christmas classic!

When the harness to Santa's sleigh breaks mid-flight, Dasher, Dancer, and the rest of the reindeer gang fly off into the night...leaving Santa and all of his presents stranded!

Who will guide Santa's sleigh and save Christmas now?

Luckily, Santa lands by a tiny barn filled with sleepy animals. With a twinkle in his eye, Santa sees a solution and wonders how well can cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and an old hound dog fly?

OH, WHAT A CHRISTMAS! is an upbeat and humorously sweet holiday story about Santa's soon-to-be-classic wild and crazy sleigh ride one special Christmas Eve.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When Santa’s reindeer harness rips, the reindeer head skyward and his sleigh crashes into a barn. Discovered by inquisitive, slightly bug-eyed farm animals, Santa hatches a plan: “Now, Sheep! Now, Goat! Now, Piggy and Cows! On, Horsey! On Doggie! Oh, what a Christmas flight we have now!” After Santa and his menagerie deliver the presents, he’s reunited with the reindeer, but he leaves a special surprise for his tired new friends. Garland’s coyly expressive, digital cartoon animals pop off the page in this funny holiday adventure. Ages 4–up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Santa and his reindeer set out as they always do on Christmas Eve but this night is different. When the harness breaks, the reindeer fly off and Santa's sleigh hits the side of a barn. Without his reindeer, Santa must think of a new plan to deliver the gifts. Using his Christmas magic, he attaches the barnyard animals to his sleigh and completes his journey. Stories of Santa enlisting helpers to deliver presents on Christmas Eve are in abundance. Although the storyline is not original, Garland's short-legged expressive animals, comic expressions, use of light, and his unusual perspectives draw the reader into the book. With an almost three-dimensional look to the illustrations, one can see how Santa's reindeer can, indeed, fly. With the hustle and bustle around the holidays, a book with silly humor might just be the refreshing tonic that is needed. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—As Santa begins his deliveries, the harness breaks and the sleigh careens down a mountain and smacks into a barn, where the jolly old gent dusts himself off and enlists the help of some humble farm animals to pull it. Two sheep, a goat, a pig, two cows, a horse, and a very old dog form a makeshift team and fly off on their journey. After getting through the long night, Santa returns them to their barn with a decorated tree and plenty of presents. Though there isn't much to the unoriginal plot, the glossy, Pixar-like illustrations of Santa and the bug-eyed animals are funny and exuberant, and the short, peppy text will work well at storytime.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Roly-poly Santa plunges to the ground when his sleigh breaks, and he meets an unlikely cast of reindeer substitutes.

Stranded and isolated in the snow, he stumbles upon a barn with numerous farm occupants. His drafted replacements need little encouragement to assist during the night's critical toy delivery. Though the animals' panicky expressions suggest otherwise, there are no roadblocks along the successful trip from house to home, and Santa generously rewards his new helpers. Glossy digital spreads accentuate humorous moments as incredulous faces register anxiety at their unusual predicament. Shifting perspective expands vast scenes as the imposing sleigh rockets through the snow-speckled sky. Glints of sparkly light radiate through clean nighttime scenes. There's little conflict to accelerate the slight storyline, and the earnest voice occasionally plods through instead of flying along the journey. "Delivering presents to all the children of the world is a big job to do in one night. They were so far behind schedule! They had to work twice as hard! There was barely time for cookies and milk this year!" Dynamic typography emphasizes each bang and bump during the ride, compensating for the minimal characterization to strengthen the clear-cut narrative.

A lighthearted lift for the holiday season, though the pat ending renders it a little more "ho-ho-hum" than "ho-ho-ho." (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545242103
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 79,446
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Garland has long career as an artist and illustrator, but his greatest success has been for writing and illustrating children's picture books. Garland’s latest book, Miss Smith and the Haunted Library made the New York Times Best Seller List. The first book in that series Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook won the California and Delaware State Reading Awards.
He has illustrated best selling books for celebrity authors like James Patterson and Gloria Estefan. Garland’s illustrations for Patterson’s SantaKid were the inspiration for Sak’s Fifth’s Avenue’s Christmas holiday window display in New York City. His work has won many honors and is frequently included in the Society of Illustrators and the Original Art of Children's book show as well annuals from Print, Graphis and Communications Arts magazines. Recently, Michael Garland was included on the list of the top one hundred Irish Americans by Irish American Magazine.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Darling pictures and a very good message

    This book has really fun artwork that just makes you smile. It is for small children or anyone that believes in the Christmas spirit. I purchase a new Christmas book each year. I selected this one because it had a great message about how even when presented with unexpected problems, Santa finds a way to make things work out. This year was a hard one because of job loss and this was a little way to find some hope. Really fun book for everyone.

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