06 January, 2015

Real Santa by William Hazelgrove [Kathy, Birkenhead Library]

Real Santa is a great story to read now while Christmas is still fresh in our minds and it's too much fun to save until next December.
George’s daughter Megan is beginning to doubt the existence of Santa Claus. Regretting the way he dealt with this dilemma with the children from his first marriage, newly unemployed George devises a grand plan to keep the magic alive for his youngest daughter. He employs a wannabe movie maker and makes preparations to dress as Santa, land nine reindeer and a sleigh on his roof, and climb down the chimney to deliver presents, all the time ensuring Megan can witness and record this on a video.

There are some laugh-out-loud moments as George realises he may have taken on a bit too much and encounters unexpected problems (like incontinent reindeer!). I worried that his well-intentioned plans may end in disaster so was keen to keep reading to find out how it ended.

This is a charming story of family, memories, hope and perseverance with a truly original plot. As one of the reviews suggested, it would make a great holiday movie too.

Title: Real Santa
Author: William Hazelgrove
ISBN: 9781940192963
Published: 2014
Publisher: Koehler Books

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