Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?

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Bestselling author Jerry Pallotta reveals how and why Santa Claus selected the perfect animals--reindeer--to pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve.

Santa Claus has a big job to do on Christmas Eve, and he needs a team to help with the sleigh. He tries out a myriad of thirteen different kinds of animals, including tigers (but they almost eat him), mice (too weak), kangaroos (too jumpy), turtles (too slow), cheetahs (too fast), rhinos (too rough), ...

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Overview


Bestselling author Jerry Pallotta reveals how and why Santa Claus selected the perfect animals--reindeer--to pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve.

Santa Claus has a big job to do on Christmas Eve, and he needs a team to help with the sleigh. He tries out a myriad of thirteen different kinds of animals, including tigers (but they almost eat him), mice (too weak), kangaroos (too jumpy), turtles (too slow), cheetahs (too fast), rhinos (too rough), and even monkeys (too playful). But what about... reindeer? Perfect!

This humorous peek behind the scenes at the North Pole is told in Jerry Pallotta's kid-friendly style and beautifully illustrated in glorious color by David Biedrzycki.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
In this humorous book, Santa attempts to use various animals to guide and pull the sleigh. "I tried tigers. They played too rough. They almost ate me!" He tries mice, penguins, dolphins, giraffes, skunks, kangaroos, among others, and settles on the traditional reindeer. Text and illustrations combine to show how some animals prove unsuitable. Giraffes get caught in power lines. Monkeys peek at Santa's underwear, which is printed with candy canes. Mrs. Claus will not allow bunnies, since they are for Easter. Santa falls asleep when pulled by turtles. When pulled by cheetahs, he is only a blur. A mouse accompanies Santa in his trials. With minimal text, the pictures tell the story. Children and parents will be tickled with Santa's predicaments. After having the book read a few times, children will begin to recognize the fun words and phrases such as "Splash," "Oh! No!" "Hop! Hop! Hop!" "Oops," and "Yahoo!"
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Santa is not at his brightest in this succinct narrative describing pre-reindeer challenges. Nevertheless, children will delight in the ridiculous scenarios presented by different animals trying to pull the gift-laden sleigh. Skunks, kangaroos, giraffes, and even snakes are among the contenders for the important task, but each critter fails the test, until Santa finally realizes that reindeer are the answer. The colorful, computer-generated illustrations aptly convey the humor of each situation. The mice sweat and strain to no avail, and the monkeys goof off with antics sure to land them on Santa's naughty list! A humorous addition.-Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439853699
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 149,369
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's books, including WHO WILL GUIDE MY SLEIGH TONIGHT?, APPLE FRACTIONS, and THE HERSHEY'S MILK CHOCOLATE MULTIPLICATION BOOK. His combination of interesting facts, detailed research, humor, and realistic illustrations have mesmerized countless children across the United States. You can visit him at www.jerrypallotta.com.

David Biedrzycki is the illustrator of many books for children, including WHO WILL HELP SANTA THIS YEAR? and WHO WILL HAUNT MY HOUSE ON HALLOWEEN? He lives in Boston with his wife, Kathy. They have three children: Justin, Alec, and Julia. You can visit him at www.davidbiedrzycki.com.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    My son's favorite book!

    My 3 year old son laughed so hard when we read this book. He absolutely loves to read this again and again. This other has other books that are very similar and all a big hit with my son. The drawings are great and the story is simple and hilarious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    Don't Miss This Christmas Book

    This book is an exceptional one for young children - great concept, minimal text, humor, and lots of animals that they love. It would be an easy one for them to 'read' too, as a retelling could be done once that they have had it read to them. The day I read it at preschool, every single child wanted to check it out and take it home. This should be in the Christmas book section of every book store.

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