Santa’s Puppy – Catherine Hapka

 Santa’s Puppy – Catherine Hapka, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (9780358051848), 2019

Format:  Hardcover

Genre: Fantasy

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

What did you like about the book?  When Santa’s puppy, Peppermint Bark, stows away on the sleigh one Christmas Eve he brings lots of Christmas magic to three children.  Peppermint Bark is stranded in the town of Pointsetta after sneaking aboard the sleigh and falling into a chimney. Luckily, he is found by the Krestman children, 8 year-old Chris and 11 year-old Holly.  Chris still believes in Christmas so he can actually understand the puppy’s barks. Holly cannot hear anything at first, but her new best friend Ivy can. The three are determined to find one of the Christmas portals that will bring Peppermint Bark home to the North Pole before they close at midnight.  The novel is filled with lots of holiday spirit, a little adventure and a realistic sibling relationship. All ends well and the children even get a visit to the North Pole themselves. This is the perfect read for the holidays.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?   Middle readers looking for a sweet holiday book will enjoy this novel.  

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

Where would you shelve it? Juv. Fiction

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:  11/20/2019                


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