Reviews for Santa Retires

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
Over the arduous toy-delivering aspect of his job, Santa and the missus head for resort-like Mistletoe Island. He's ready to declare it his permanent home when he learns that his elves are shirking their duties. The story has a certain obviousness, but the premise and the art showing Santa doing predictably incongruous things (e.g., surfing with his reindeer) are both amusing.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
Camille (some sort of horned animal) and her friends compete in sandcastle-building, then realize they should work together (Team). Percy (who looks like a giraffe) is grouchy, but feels better the next day (Upset). The texts, featuring short sentences, are accessible, but the too-obvious messages won't resonate with children outside of therapeutic situations. Pictures aimed at visual learners, including inset panel illustrations, help tell the stories. [Review covers these Stuart J. Murphy I See I Learn titles: Camille's Team and Percy Gets Upset.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 September #1
Mr. and Mrs. Claus retire to Mistletoe Island, leaving the elves in charge at the North Pole, but they find that a life of leisure in a warm climate is not for them. At first, they enjoy their new activities: walks on the beach, hula lessons and surfing. The reindeer arrive on the island for a visit, but they sadly return to the North Pole when Santa announces his permanent retirement. Before long, the quiet catches up with Santa, who misses his old routine, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus return to their old home. They soothe the upset reindeer, restore order to the toy workshop and decide that an annual vacation to Mistletoe Island will be enough to keep Santa in a jolly mood year-round. Computer-generated illustrations provide amusing images of Santa in his new athletic activities, and the reindeer are a comical cast of sidekicks. A tiny mouse character in a Santa hat can be spotted on every spread, along with a red crab he befriends on the island, creating a miniature secondary story as the two little creatures interact. The theme of Santa being tired of his job is a common one, and one more likely to be understood by adult readers than by the intended audience. Mildly amusing, but not a Santa story that children will ask for again and again. (Picture book. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

PreS-Gr 1--A work-weary Santa says, "Sacks are getting bigger. Chimneys are getting smaller. And you never know what the weather will throw at you." So he and Mrs. Claus leave the elves in charge and take off for Mistletoe Island. Resort life is good to them (Santa taking dance lessons in a hula skirt will get readers laughing every time), and gets even better when the reindeer show up and join the fun, until Santa announces his retirement at dinner. The digital illustrations exuberantly serve up the comedic elements, from the exaggerated reindeer weeping to the changes in Santa's demeanor. Of course, there's a satisfying solution to the situation. The message that even those passionate about their work need the occasional break to recharge will make it easy to share the book beyond the holiday season for a career- or vacation-themed program.--Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

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