When Santa Came to Stay, by Timothy Knapman

When Santa came to stay by Timothy Knapman tells the tale of what happens when Santa’s house explodes with the pressure of all the toys. He comes and stays with an ordinary family on Christmas Eve.

Much good-hearted mess and mayhem occurs, making Mum and Dad very nervous about the state of their house, before Santa makes everything ok again and the family go off delivering presents together on Santa’s sleigh.

Knapman’s written a fun, rocking and rhyming book. And Chris Chatterton tops it off with lively illustrations that seem to burst off the page, but there’s nothing new here. It’s the same old white Christmas Santa narrative.

When Santa Came to Stay is well executed, but it feels like it’s been done before. The themes and material bring nothing new to the incredible amount of books about Christmas. It’s simply capitalising in on kids’ excitement around the festive season.

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Heidi North-Bailey Formerly working in publishing in London, Heidi is now a freelance editor and writer based in Auckland. A graduate of the Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University and The Creative Hub, Heidi also has a first class Honours Degree in Screenwriting and Directing from The University of Auckland, Heidi is passionate about good storytelling across genres and loves reading, especially literary and children’s fiction. When not being kept busy as a new mum, Heidi tinkers with poetry and is chipping away at a novel.

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