Back of Book:
It’s almost Christmas, and Jack’s classroom has a new substitute teacher. There’s something funny about Mr. Clausen—he seems awfully familiar.…Is it his long, white beard? Is it the way his laugh sounds a lot like “Ho, ho, ho”? Or maybe it’s his snack of milk and cookies—reindeer-shaped cookies!
Jack’s classmates are convinced they know who Mr. Clausen really is, but Jack’s not so sure…
I received a copy of this picture book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.
This is the perfect story to read to get children in the Christmas spirit. Jack is discouraged that it is almost Christmas and not one flake of snow has fallen. He soon becomes distracted with the antics of his substitute teacher Mr. Clausen. Mr. Clausen brings the classroom together in a way that almost seems merry. Jack cannot help but be hopeful that maybe his Christmas wish can come true. The end of the story is truly satisfying and will bring a smile to readers.
The illustrations by Taia Morley are nothing short of pure magic! The bright details come together to ensure that every aspect of the book stays with the Christmas theme. The snowflake activity is a perfect addition to the story. My students loved making them and writing down their own Christmas wishes. This is a perfect book to share during the holiday season.
Ages 5 and up