Takes the Reins
by Sue Fliess
illustrated by Mark Chambers
A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year for 2018!
It’s Christmas Eve morning, and Santa Claus is still in bed! He’s feeling stuffy and sneezy and slow as a yeti. Will Christmas have to be canceled? Not this year! Because Mrs. Claus is ready to take the reins in Santa’s place. With a plan in mind, Mrs. Claus assembles the crew, maps out the route, and preps the sleigh. Then, with a snap of the reins, she shoots off into the night. Delivering gifts all over the world without Santa’s magic won’t be easy, but Mrs. Claus proves she has some holiday sparkle of her own…
With lively rhyming text and adorable artwork, this delightful Christmas adventure will get kids into the holiday spirit.
"Young children will enjoy this exuberant adventure." —Kirkus Reviews
"It isn't Rudolph that saves the day. Nor is it the littlest elf, the deserving child, or an adorable critter-buddy team. It's the Main Mistletoe Mama herself, and it's about time!" —Story Monsters Ink
“This extremely cute exercise in feminist heroics delivers a subtle message through clever rhymes and good-natured humor.”
"This is a nice addition to holiday stories with a little dash of girl power." —Youth Services Review
“Through testy weather and other challenges, Mrs. Claus is determined to deliver presents to all the world’s children in this new holiday tale.” —Northern Virginia Magazine
“This is a light, fun read that emphasizes the fact that we all need help sometimes and that problems can be overcome.” —GeoLibrarian
“This book is so darn cute, and it shows that sometimes it takes a woman to save the day! Highly recommended!” —Booking Mama
“A perfect Christmas book that both children and adults alike will love!” —Mrs. Mommy Booknerd
“You aren’t going to want to miss this delightful story full of girl power and whimsy!” —Library Mom
"Sue Fliess tells a riveting, giggle-ripe story in rhyme and Mark Chambers amps up the energy with playful artwork." —Washington Parent Magazine