Santa’s Puppy features Peppermint Bark, Santa’s right-hand pup. Helping to keep the elves organized, the reindeers happy, and Santa on time. Peppermint Bark is keen to have an adventure, but what will Santa say?
What I am Reviewing
Catherine Hapka has written a fast-paced novel about Peppermint Bark who is Santa’s Puppy. At 240 pages, with short chapters averaging about 10 pages, youth aged 8-12 should find this an easy read. I received a trade paperback from Raincoast Books, I received an advanced readers copy.
Peppermint Bark wants desperately to travel with Santa on his sleigh, but Santa says “No, it’s not safe, so you can’t come”. Peppermint Bark thinks he knows better and stows away. It doesn’t take long for Santa’s wisdom to show forth and Peppermint Bark needs to find his own way home. 8 year old Chris and his sister Holly come to his rescue. Ivey, his sister’s friend, joins in the adventure. Will they succeed in getting Peppermint Bark home?
Read the story and find out! 🙂
The Details of Santa’s Puppy
One of the features I really like is the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. Each illustration reflects the chapter.
Just simple black and white drawings, but sweet and interesting. (at least in my opinion eh?) 🙂
The story itself is fairly predictable, just a fun, cute story about a puppy needing help and the joy of Christmas magic. It’s hard to talk about without giving away the whole story eh! 🙂 I want you to let your children read it even if you don’t believe in Santa. Most kids by the time they would read this story wouldn’t be believing in Santa anyways would they? I dunno.
But Santa’s Puppy is really just a fun Christmas story. Suited for youth in the grade 2-4 range.