Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Santa List by Kieran Crowley

This could be the best or the worst Christmas ever!

It can be tough to be a kid – a cheeky word here, a bad decision there and all of a sudden, you’re in trouble. It’s even worse if when it’s Christmas and the risk of landing on Santa’s Naughty List influences every action.

Aisling and Joe are all ready for Christmas. Sure, they can be a bit poorly behaved and maybe none of their babysitters ever want to come back, but they’re not that bad and they have a few days to still make sure they’re on the Nice List. But then their parents have to go away on an emergency, super-important business trip. Who’s going to look after them?

Mrs Grough from The Granite and Steel Babysitting Company shows up. She isn’t going to mess around. Her rules are strict and there is no room for manoeuvre. The children make one mistake and she writes to Santa to ask that they be put on his Naughty List.

At this point, this hilarious story becomes even funnier. Joe and Aisling will do anything to sort out this catastrophe so they ask the school bully to help. Things go from bad to worse when he steals Santa’s list and then loses it! Laugh-out-loud antics ensue as the troublesome trio try to stop Christmas from being ruined for everyone!

The Santa List is the perfect list for Key Stage Two readers in the run up to Christmas. Cheeky and funny, they’ll be rooting for Aisling and Joe to sort everything out before it’s too late.

Thank you to Harriet Dunlea & Scholastic for this brilliant book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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