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Author: Huett, Caleb
Ollie has always been happy just being an elf and inventing new games for Christmas with his best friend Celia--but then the current Santa (descendent of the original) decides to retire and announces that there will be an open competition for the position of next Santa (his son Klaus is not pleased) and suddenly Ollie and the other elves are vying with the Santa children for the Big Red Suit.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 191855
Kirkus Reviews (-) (07/01/17)
School Library Journal (10/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2017 Gr 3–5—A charming story starring elves from the North Pole. Ollie Gnome and Celia Pixie are entering into the first-ever Next Santa competition, where they will brave many holiday-themed challenges in an effort to replace the current iteration of Santa Claus. Members of the Claus clan—including one of Santa's children, Klaus Claus—and many elves are competing for the top spot. Huett has crafted a vibrant and lovable lead character in Ollie. The story is fast-paced with lots of action to counteract the sweetness. Numerous Christmas puns pepper the text throughout, adding humor. The messages of friendship and teamwork are admirable. VERDICT A light and funny read, perfect for children who celebrate Santa Claus's arrival each December and are interested in a can-do protagonist.—Chad Lane, Tulip Grove Elementary School, MD - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.