Review: The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold

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From Tundra Books: Santa has a problem. This kid? Harold? Santa doesn’t think he’s real. He WANTS to believe in Harold—after all, Harold is one of the most magical parts of Christmas. Getting Harold’s letters, eating the cookies he leaves out, feeding his carrots to the reindeer…what would Christmas be without that? But Santa’s just not sure. Some of his friends are telling him they think Harold’s not real. And the Harold that sat on his knee last Christmas looked AWFULLY different. Santa comes up with a plan to find out once and for all if Harold really exists…with hilarious consequences.

Santa is having trouble believing that Harold is real. Santa suspects it’s Harold’s mom and dad who really write the letter Santa receives every year, and every year Harold looks different—it can’t be the same kid! At the same time that Santa is doubting Harold’s existence, Harold is having doubts of his own. So, come Christmas Eve, both come up with a plan to find out once and for all if the other really does exist.

Whether you’re looking for a new book to add to your holiday traditions or you have a young one who’s having some yuletide doubts, The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold by Maureen Fergus, with illustrations by Cale Atkinson, is exactly what you’re looking for this Christmas.

I love how this book turns common childhood doubts and questions on it’s head. It’s the perfect read-aloud for children who might be wondering why the Santa in the mall looks different than last year.

Or read it just for the fun of it, like I did. Because it’s funny! Laugh-out-loud funny. I bought it after reading only a few pages—it had me hooked, smiling in the store and wanting to know how everything turns out for Santa and Harold.

The illustrations are fantastic, too, full of vivid colour, movement and just wonderful expressions (especially on the parents).

Hilarious, charming and oh-so smart, this book is highly enjoyable for both kids and parents alike. The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold will have you feeling the Christmas spirit for sure and cheering “I believe!”

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (5/5 hearts)

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