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How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Funny possible answers to an age-old Santa question.

Book Mac Barnett Holiday 2023
How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? book cover: Santa on a rooftop stars at the top of a chimney as snow falls in the black night sky

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This deadpan, hilarious holiday book tackles an age-old Santa question, offering a sleighful of answers to delight kids and grown-ups alike. Other questions arise besides How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? as well: "Can Santa see in the dark? Does he wear night-vision goggles that make everything green? I bet he'd like that. Because Santa likes green. Or heat-vision goggles? Because he might like red better." The wackier the speculation the better. When author Mac Barnett wonders if Santa does laundry between houses after his suit gets sooty in the chimney, we see Santa in a family's basement, stripped down to his heart-patterned boxer shorts, socks, and sleeveless undershirt, calmly reading the newspaper as his suit spins in the washing machine.

Barnett is in touch with the kinds of things that might float though a curious kid's imagination. And he couldn't have a better partner than Jon Klassen to provide the visuals for every possibility mentioned. Barnett confesses he doesn't know the true answer to how Santa goes down or goes back up the chimney, "But I'm so glad he can."

Book Details

  • Author: Mac Barnett
  • Illustrator: Jon Klassen
  • Genre: Holiday
  • Topics: Holidays
  • Character Strengths: Curiosity , Gratitude
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Candlewick
  • Publication date: September 12, 2023
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Available on: Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: December 6, 2023

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