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Parents' Guide to

The 12 Sleighs of Christmas

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Elves compete to make Santa new sleigh in imaginative tale.

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age 4+

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age 4+

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Kids who love cars and trucks will love this action-packed story about alternatives to Santa's traditional sleigh. Author Sherri Duskey Rinker knows a thing about vehicles, after writing Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and its follow-up, Mighty, Mighty Construction Site. The text has great momentum, but it's rather lengthy, and some the rhyming schemes are inconsistent, making it a less than smooth read-aloud in places. ("He's been working privately, / as hard at work as one can be, / on a secret back-up plan.") But car and truck lovers might not care.

Jake Parker's cartoon-like illustrations are visually dazzling, from the fanciful sleighs to the antic elves. There's a welcome diversity in the cast, and the independent-minded elf hero of the tale has brown skin.

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