How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? by Mac Barnett – Book Review

How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? by Mac Barnett – Book Review

How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney by Mac Barnett

How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?

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The multi-award-winning duo of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen tackle a perennial question: how does Santa go down the chimney?

When Santa arrives at a child’s house on Christmas Eve, does he go down the chimney feetfirst or headfirst? What if he gets stuck? What if there’s no chimney? Maybe he slides under the door, as thin as a piece of paper? Or is it possible he pours himself through the tap? What happens once he’s inside?

Mac Barnett’s iconic talent for earnest deadpan humour and Jon Klassen’s irresistibly funny art honour this timeless question with answers both ridiculous and plausible, mounting in hilarity as the night continues. Channelling a child’s fanciful explanations, this latest collaboration by a bestselling team will find a secure spot among family Christmas traditions.

Review by Stacey

How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? is a children’s Christmas picture book that aims to come up with the answer to how Santa gets into the houses to leave presents.

From stretching like toffee or shrinking down to the size of a mouse, and what if you don’t have a chimney, how then does he get in your house? By posting himself through the letter box? This book comes up with all the different ways that Santa could get into your home.

I mean, I always believed he had a magic key that opened every door but the author doesn’t even contemplate this idea 🤣

The story is fun, quite silly, and will keep children amused. It also gives them a starting point to come up with their own suggestions.

The illustrations are just as amusing as the text and will give youngsters a good giggle. Overall, a festive read that I can see being adored by its readers.

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Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is the author of several picture books, including Chloe and the Lion and Guess Again!, which TIME Magazine named the no. 2 Picture Book of 2010. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Mac is the founder of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travellers, and serves on the board of 826LA, a not-for-profit writing and tutoring centre in LA. His collaborations with Jon Klassen, Extra Yarn and Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, have both won the Caldecott Honor. He lives in California, USA.

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