Santa’s Outback Secret
Random House, 2014
hbk., 32pp., RRP $A19.99
It is just a couple of weeks before Christmas and Santa is very busy carefully reading his Christmas mail. But when he opens a letter from Ben, he pauses and thinks and reads it again and again. For Ben has requested something really special …something that makes Santa interrupt his Christmas preparations, put on a disguise and leave the North Pole just days before the big event! Dressed in some torn blue jeans stained with dirt, a snake-skin belt and an open shirt, old boots, a hat, a waterbag, a stockman’s whip and a canvas swag, he has his reindeer take him to the outback where he finds an old homestead and knocks on the door… (if I say much more I will give away the secret!)
This is another fun story in rhyme from Mike Dumbleton and Tom Jellett who brought us Santa’s Secret a couple of years ago and which was such a hit with my young students. They really liked the idea that they might meet a stranger on the beach and I’m sure many spent their Christmas holidays in anticipation!. Finding Christmas stories that are a bit different can be a difficult task but I really enjoyed this one because it focuses on the giving side of Christmas rather than the getting. Santa is struck by the unselfishness of Ben’s request and it opens up the possibilities of what we can do for someone as a gift rather than what we can buy.
If you are looking for a new Christmas story to add to your collection, this would be an ideal addition.
Random House, 2012
hbk., 32pp., RRP $A19.95
(also available as an ebook 9781742748801)
Santa has a secret and I can’t tell you too much about this book without giving the secret away. But if you want to know what Santa gets up to after he’s finished delivering all the presents, and if you’re looking for a fantastic tale, superbly illustrated, that has a twist in the tale and is the perfect addition to your collection of Christmas books, this is the one to buy. And look out for who’s on your beach this summer and be suspicious if your child comes home with a free present and a strange story.