The Christmasaurus

Random. Sept. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593566169.
PreS-Gr 1–A small blue dinosaur who lives at the North Pole has one wish: to fly with Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, year after year, Santa’s attempts to help the Christmasaurus achieve its wish to fly come to naught. So one Christmas, Santa allows the charming dino to join him in his sleigh. Despite Santa’s admonition to stay put while packages are delivered, the Christmasaurus goes exploring and falls down a chimney, where it meets a young boy who uses a wheelchair. The child’s belief in the Christmasaurus’s ability to fly helps both go airborne. They fly to the North Pole, and at the end of the night, the Christmasaurus gets its wish to pull Santa’s sleigh. This rhyming tale was inspired by an earlier middle grade novel written and illustrated by the same duo. The text is accompanied by colorful illustrations appropriately jolly for the season. They feature a tubby Santa, expressive elves, and a smiling wheelchair user.
VERDICT Though not an essential purchase, this title is recommended for libraries looking to freshen up their holiday picture books with a positive message.

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