- Book Style: Christmas book for toddlers and children
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 4-6 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Cute, bright, fun!
- Age Target: 2-8 Years of Age
On The Run From Santa is a fun Christmas time storybook for toddlers. Our author tells us a story about a toy named Thingy that comes to a family on Christmas Eve. Thingy is a real trickster who quickly wears out his welcome with the family. They send him away but find out that they miss him. In the end, Santa Claus himself recalls Thingy and takes him away from the family. The family then realizes how much they love Thingy despite all his tricks and plead with Santa to give him back! Santa, being the great guy he is, does just that and everyone’s happy on Christmas morning.
Melinda has a pretty large series of books that she’s created and always includes a number of extras in every one of those books. On The Run From Santa has a few puzzles and games just after the story, which changes the book from a simple storybook to an activity book. My toddler just seems to love books that allow him to be interactive, and I like them because having puzzles and games like the ones found here makes it easy to keep him engaged.
As is always the case with the author’s books, special attention is paid to the rhythm and rhyming. The rhymes roll of the tongue, which makes it so easy to read it to my toddler. He loves that we’re nearly singing as we walk through this story and I know how much that helps him absorb the story. As a result, we both enjoy reading the story more. When it’s this fun and easy to read, the story tends to get read more, doesn’t it?
Probably my favorite thing about this book is how the focus is fun. Everything is drawn and written to be completely fun and cute. Melinda makes sure the spirit of Christmas is felt throughout the book and she does so in a way that’s enjoyable for everyone. She composes every page in a magical, yet (somehow) simplistic way. The illustrations are simple in both the way they’re drawn and the way they’re colored. Yet, each illustration grabs your toddler’s attention and forces them to ask questions. I love it when my little guy asks about the facial expression of a character (believe it or not, in this case it was a teddy bear).
Now, our author Melinda Kinsmen, is known for making books just like On The Run From Santa. She’s a rockstar of an author, and we reviewed Cyril Squirrel and the Long Run Home just a few weeks ago. This book is just as good as Cyril’s book, if not better. On top of that, this is a Christmas story that ends happily, just like every Christmas story should!
I can safely say that you could buy any of Melinda’s books and be happy with your purchase (here’s a link to Melinda’s Collection on Amazon). Each book she has created is fun, cute, and has a good story to go along with it. In the case of On The Run From Santa, it’s perfect for the holiday season. It also includes activities that both you and your child will enjoy. If you haven’t already headed to buy this book, head to Amazon and buy the book for $0.99 USD (Kindle) or $7.99 USD (Paperback) by clicking here.
Finally, Melinda has her own website all about her children’s books. It has some free printables on it, as well as more details on lots of her books.
Thanks for reading,