Author: Iris Floyd
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Recommended Ages: 3+
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
When Abbie and Sawyer ask Grandma to tell them a story, they are surprised by the story she tells. One Christmas when she was a little girl, one of Grandma’s brothers found a strange, slippery oil all over one of his new Christmas presents. They couldn’t figure out where it came from! Find out just who was playing with the new Christmas presents in When Santa Claus Plays with the Toys.
My Thoughts: Have you ever opened a Christmas present as a child, to find that it was, er… slightly used, maybe even broken? Well, Abbie and Sawyer learn from their grandmother that it was because Santa had been playing with the toys (again). When Santa Plays With the Toys is a silly story as told by a grandmother to her two grandchildren, Abbie and Sawyer.
The grandmother tells the story about when she was a little girl at Christmastime, her brother Mike opened up his present and discovered lard on his new toy. Well, the story goes that Santa sat in Mike’s new pedal car, but got stuck. Mike’s mom and dad had to use lard to help slip him out of the car. Even though they tried to clean the slippery mess, they were not able to get it all out before Mike discovered it. And that’s how they know that (sometimes) Santa plays with the Christmas toys!
I love how the book centers around the grandmother telling a story from her childhood to her grandchildren. The grandparent-grandchild relationship is such a special one and I have fond memories of listening to my grandmother tell us stories when I was little. Of course, they were not nearly as fantastical as this one! However, I loved how the grandchildren were mesmerized by the grandmother’s story-telling. That is the magic of Christmas when children believe in all kinds of possibilities.
The illustrations were absolutely delightful as well. They are all bright and colourful and depict the silliest of circumstances. I thought the one where Santa is upside-down and the parents are trying to pull the pedal car off of Santa’s rear end was particularly funny! I think kids will find the pictures amusing and entertaining.
My Bottom Line: When Santa Plays With the Toys is a whimsical story as told by a grandmother to her grandchildren. This fantastical tale will surely be enjoyed by all children who celebrate Christmas and wonder why their “new” toys are sometimes “gently used” or even broken. In fact, might this open the door to giving children recycled gifts for the holidays? Hmmm…. Ages 3+
* This book was provided to us by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review. The author has also participated in MDBR’s Book Promotional Services.*
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