Review – How Santa Really Works

Okay – so you want the dirt, the real deal on how things really go down in the Santa camp? Look no further. Author/ illustrator Alan Snow has all the inside info – and some facts may both surprise and delight you.

Did you know, for example, that Santa runs a Christmas College for Elves? Yes, he does. Of course, elves live all over the world but when they grow up, a lot of them move to the North Pole to work for Santa. You can imagine he needs a steady supply of festive helpers who do the job well! So he trains them onsite at his college.

There’s also major info on where all the toys come from, where they’re kept, how Santa works out if you’ve been naughty or nice, a full layout ‘map’ of his underground workshops and living quarters, a rundown on modern sleigh technology, what time Santa gets to your house… and more more more.

One thing that did shock me, though, was that – gasp – Santa is actually slim! It’s so he can fit down all those chimneys, of course. But just in case a sleepy child catches him in the middle of the night, he has a special emergency suit that triggers and inflates like a helium balloon, returning him instantly to his more rotund, widely-recognised form. Amazing, huh?

With crazy-good, quirky illustrations showcasing everything from toys to how the presents are organised, these seriously detailed pictures feature delicious labeling and inner workings that are usually reserved to those who work directly with Santa.

It’s time to open the lid on Santa. And Alan Snow shows you how.

How Santa Really Works is published by Simon and Schuster.

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Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an author of children's books and adult non-fiction. Recent books include Riley and the Grumpy Wombat: A journey around Melbourne, and Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline. She's also an editor, publisher and founder of Kids Book Review.