Cover Image: Santa's Lost Reindeer

Santa's Lost Reindeer

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

I did not like this book and wouldn't be recommending it for kids because Santa is portrayed as someone who is mean and insulting rather than joyful. I know he's had a bd day, but it sends the wrong message to kids, that it's 'ok to be rude if you had a bad day'. It's not and as adults we know better.
Was this review helpful?
I did not like this book and I would never recommend. Santa is rude and mean.  That is not the image I want to portray to my child.  He calls the reindeer "dumb" which is not something that I personally think should be in a children's book. There is another line at the end "I love Bucky dearly, but sometimes he's a brat" COME ON - that should not be in a kids book.
Was this review helpful?
I have to admit, I didn't care for how Santa was portrayed in this story.  At various points, he calls reindeer in the story dumb, fat, and a brat. I don't want young children to think that language is acceptable, even if said in jest.
Was this review helpful?
This was a cute children’s book with great vocabulary and rhyming on each page.  The story itself flowed smoothly with a happy ending.
I did not like how the author used the word dumb and brat to describe a reindeer. Everything/one has their moments and I felt those words were degrading and other words could have been chosen.  No one likes to be called that, even if an honest mistake was made.
Was this review helpful?
A cute Christmas story about how Santa lost one of his new reindeer. It shows Santa going through many emotions including anger and frustration, but in the end he apologizes and realizes that no matter what emotions he goes through and shows he still loves and cares for all of the reindeer.
Was this review helpful?
Santa’s Lost Reindeer by Rachel Hilz is a beautifully illustrated picture book with bright colourful pictures that will appeal to children and parents! The rhyming text is always a hit for library story times. I love that this book was written and designed with the author’s own autistic children in mind and the joy that this book has brought.
Was this review helpful?
A big thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC.  I am voluntarily reviewing this book.  This is a children's book.   The graphics are fun, the story is cute.  It reminded me of Rudolf the red nosed reindeer and t'was the night before Christmas.  It does rhyme.  The one thing I thought odd were the word choices.  Why use dumb and brat?  I do believe that kids will like this book, but may feel that they can then call people dumb and brats.  Otherwise enjoyable.  Could be utilized for a discussion on word choices.  3 stars
Was this review helpful?
This is such a lovely book that any kid would love on the run up to Christmas. Such a simple storyline that would be easy to follow for kids just a few years old. Perfect bedtime story for December.

The illustrations are also great and these reindeer really look the cutest!
Was this review helpful?
Thank you to NetGalley and Spirit Frog Press for an ARC of the Lost Reindeer. 

I have to say I am not a fan of this children's book. The premise and storyline had a lot of potential, but the author seemed to be reaching pretty far to make rhymes rather than tell a good story. I didn't love the way the author chose to have Santa speak about his reindeer. He starts by calling his new reindeer dumb, then goes on to call his old reindeer, fat, old, and slow... which is kind of ironic for a old fat guy to be saying. It's also confusing that Santa says he has so much joy about finding his reindeer, then turns around and tells the boy that the reindeer is a brat. What is this teaching children? Not a Christmas story that I would want to share with my child... it missed the mark for me.
Was this review helpful?
Kids, you are in for an adventure with none other than ole Saint Nick himself. Santa has done the unthinkable he has lost his new flyer reindeer Bucky.
So take the ride of a lifetime, and help the poor guy, find his flyer and save Christmas. A fun, quirky little book your kids would enjoy reading.
Was this review helpful?
This is a Christmas tale of Santa and one of his reindeer who has gone missing. I really love the art in this book. The rhyming couplets are great, and really give it a 'Twas the Night Before Christmas feel. However, I was quite disappointed in some of the language used to describe the reindeer from "fat" to "brat," I feel like this is sending children a very negative message. For many children Santa can be an adult figure to look up to or at least aim to please and having Santa call his reindeer names just doesn't sit right with me.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC.
Was this review helpful?
This is a really cute story with fun humor that I enjoyed just as much as my kids! The illustrations are great, and I kept wishing I had a physical books with big landscape pictures to enjoy as opposed to just the ebook version. Definitely one to add to the Christmas story rotation when it comes out!

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced copy to review!
Was this review helpful?
What better way to start off the holiday season than reading Santa’s Lost Reindeer to the young ones? With delightfully colorful and funny illustrations, Santa’s Lost Reindeer is the perfect read for family time.

The story is cleverly written in rhyme and tells the tale of a frantic Santa in search of his lead reindeer. Santa’s Lost Reindeer is full of giggly moments and big smiles. Clearly, Santa’s Lost Reindeer has everything you would want in a children’s holiday book — delightful illustrations, and a cute story, all packaged within a sweet and lovable cover. Five adorable stars.

I received a digital ARC from BooksGoSocial through NetGalley. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.
Was this review helpful?
What a funny book!  I really loved it and my daughter did too.  It is one of my favourite Christmas books I have read so far.  One of Santa's reindeers has gone missing and he needs help to find him.  The story is told in rhymes and the book has amazing illustrations.  The book is hilarious and it made me laugh so much.  By the end of the book, I had a big smile on my face and my heart was wide open with joy.  I highly recommend this wonderful book!

Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Was this review helpful?
The illustrations in this book are fun and lively.   The story in told in rhyme and the word choices are cute and expressive.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to bring this into my classroom because of some of the word and phrasing choices.   The lost reindeer is called "dumb" and "a brat".   Santa's aging team is called "old" "fat" and "slow" and it's definitely a negative judgment.   The overall tone of the book isn't mean-spirited, but for as much as we talk about using kind words in school. I couldn't read a book that so clearly went opposite that.

I wouldn't discourage a child who found this book on their own (though I think the issue could merit discussion with an adult reading partner) but this wouldn't be suitable for official school use.   

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review.
Was this review helpful?
I love the rhyming scheme in Rachel Hilz's 'Santa's Lost Reindeer.' The illustration of dogs, anthropomorphic reindeers, and the environment were engaging and colourful. I rated it 3/5 stars as some of the pages were in poor quality i.e. pixelated but still eligible.
Was this review helpful?
The details in this book were special! The inside cover art is beautiful and the animation for when the characters are in action is really cool. I enjoyed the story and could see this being a Christmas favorite for kids. They will probably want to find a cold reindeer to blow dry!
Was this review helpful?
I wanted a small soft Christmas read that would get me and my nephews into the spirit and of course this helped. With COVID this past year and beyond it’s been difficult to enjoy much with so many restrictions. But this was lovely and of course the perfect read for getting you into the Christmas mood. It was perfect and I’m sure many children just like my nephews would enjoy this. I laughed out loud, I re read it twice, which is enough credit to the author because my nephews are very hard to please and of course all the joy and happiness that derived from this book was amazing and I couldn’t be happier. 5 out of 5 stars, it was perfect!
Was this review helpful?
I think this is the first time reading a Christmas book, especially one aimed at children, that made me sad.  It would appear the true intent of this story is to get little kids to hate St. Nicholas and who wouldn't if this is how he treats his reindeer. While the only redeeming quality was that it rhymed, the book was filled with insulting descriptions of the deer...dumb, old, fat, slow, and complaining. However, it was the final insult calling the new, young deer a brat that turned this depressing holiday story into a mean Santa one. The only thing missing was Santa carrying around an empty whisky bottle.
Was this review helpful?
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic copy to read and review. 

I love Christmas books, especially ones with rhymes. By all accounts this one should have been a hit for me, but it is a miss. I did not like some of the language used in a children's book (dumb, brat).
Was this review helpful?