Pink suit. Moustache. Helicopter. This may not be your ordinary Santa, but it's still a daunting Christmas Eve challenge! There are so many presents to deliver, and so little time. It's a good thing Santa has a plan. He'll just peek into every window and toss in a gift. Done! The trouble is, Santa is moving much too quickly to see who really lives in each house. With innovative artwork throughout, young rreaders will delight in following Santa's lightning-speed Christmas antics as they discover the true (and hilarious) identities of the gifts' recipients! From the beloved and bestselling Taro Gomi, here is Christmas cheer for all!
First published in Japan in 1983, this delightful holiday tale features die-cut windows through which Santa peers into the houses he visits. But Gomi's Santa who tools around in a helicopter and wears a mustache instead of a beard isn't paying the closest attention to who lives in each house, and that's the source of this story's substantial charm. "A little kitten must live in this house," Santa proclaims in one scene, but a page turn reveals that the "kitten" is just an image on the nightshirt of a snoozing pig. "A zebra definitely lives here," declares Santa at the next house, dropping off a striped scarf; too bad those "stripes" are actually the long white necks of three swanlike birds, sleeping side by side against a black wall. Luckily, the seemingly mismatched gifts are a hit with everyone. Gomi's vibrant, pared-down artwork and the effervescent fun of Santa's well-intentioned bumbling make for laughs on every page. Ages 3 5.