The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold – Maureen Fergus, pictures by Cale Atkinson

51yk6lhw9yl  The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold – Maureen Fergus, pictures by Cale Atkinson, Tundra Books, (9781770498242), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  In a fun twist, Santa stops believing in a boy named Harold.  At the same time, Harold is beginning to doubt Santa’s existence.  Santa tells Mrs. Claus, the elves and the reindeer that he doesn’t believe Harold exists. “’Harold’s parents are trying to trick me into believe in him…They think that if I know the truth about Harold, Christmas will be ruined for me,’ cried Santa. ‘Either that, or they want all the Harold gifts for themselves!’”  Santa and Harold both plan to stay awake near Harold’s Christmas tree to see if the other is real, but they both fall asleep.  Christmas day dawns and Harold and Santa finally see each other and exclaim “You’re real!”  The digital illustrations are full of fun and have a rather retro look.  Readers will have fun noticing all the details from Santa’s cat to the elves tech-filled workshop.  This is a funny new holiday story.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is the perfect book to read aloud to children who are experiencing doubts about Santa.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries.

Where would you shelve it? Holiday Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  12/2/16             

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