Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Today's read... Be My Reindeer by Jeffrey Burton

Normally, I keep my Christmas dreaming stowed away until after Thanksgiving....but I have quite a few Holiday reads coming in December and decided it might be best to sprinkle in some early thoughts in that direction. Today's read is a little board book for the youngest readers and centers around reindeer. Let's just take a peek and get those holly-jolly feelings started.

by Jeffrey Burton
Illustrated by Anna Hurley
Little Simon
Board Book
14 pages
ages 2 to 5

Adorable animals wonder if they have what it takes to be one of Santa’s famous reindeer in this sweet board book full of holiday cheer—featuring soft, plush reindeer antlers with fun crinkle sounds at the top of the book!

Every Christmas before Santa takes flight,
The elves gather round to see the holiday sight.
Oh, who will pull Santa’s sleigh tonight?

Could a dinosaur pull Santa’s sleigh? Or maybe sweet, fluffy kittens? Young readers can watch them hilariously try while little hands play with the antlers visible above every page!

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Cute animals and holiday dreams mix with enough humor to draw giggles and smiles in this sweet read.

This is a board book for the youngest readers out there and is made a little sturdier to handle some bumps, accidents, and small hands. The top part of the book is rounded to form a deer head. The antlers are made of fuzzy cloth with a plastic filling, so they crinkle and snap whenever they are touched or fingered. The tale starts at Santa's workshop where elves are loading the sleigh. Santa's question of who wants to help pull it starts off the rest of the fun. Easy to recognize creatures (from animals to robots to dinosaurs and more) get their chance to chime in. 

The text is a little heavy for a board book and swings around a three-line rhyme. This flows pretty smoothly and isn't overly difficult for young readers to understand...although I would see this one more for ages three and up. The illustrations are lively and colorful with enough details to draw in for reading again and again. It's a fun twist on Santa's sled and brings a cute humor to the Holidays.

And here they are...

Jeffrey Burton has written several books for children. He lives in New York City with his family.

Anna Hurley is an illustrator who loves bright colors and can usually be found playing board games, riding her bike, and eating snacks. She lives in Oakland, California, and is currently working as a full-time freelance illustrator. Find out more at

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