Review of Santa’s Gotta Go!

Santa’s Gotta Go! Santa’s Gotta Go!
by Derrick Barnes; illus. by Courtney Lovett
Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.
10/23    9780593530436    $18.99
e-book ed.  9780593530443    $10.99

In this silly Santa story, siblings Monte and Mabel Mack invite Santa Claus to stay with their family after his sleigh breaks down on Christmas. While waiting for a “yip-yip fuse” to fix it, he makes himself at home, putting his feet up on a loveseat and eating everything in sight. When he mistakenly cracks Mabel’s new tablet, she declares, “SANTA’S GOTTA GO.” But order is restored, and kindness and patience recognized. Lovett’s humorous digital illustrations will make readers believe in a Santa who wears skinny jeans and has several tattoos and an earring.

From the November/December 2023 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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