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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

8 Tiny Reindeer

An Advent Calendar Adventure

by (author) Robert Tinkler

illustrated by Danesh Mohiuddin

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Christmas & Advent, General, Deer, Moose & Caribou
Recommended Age
7 to 10
Recommended Grade
2 to 5
Recommended Reading age
7 to 10
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
    List Price

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In this modern holiday tale, based on the podcast of the same name, two resourceful elves help Santa try to save Christmas from an evil tech baron!

In the not-too-distant future, Santa's entire operation has been automated. Machines, not elves, make all the toys. And drones transport the presents around the world on Christmas Eve, not Santa's reindeer. Since Santa no longer needs much help, he's let go all but two of his elves, Elvis and Delfina, and released his 8 tiny reindeer into the wild. Only, just days before Christmas, Santa learns that the wealthy tycoon who supplied him with all his technology, Larchmont Quickbuck, is plotting to take over Christmas and send Santa packing! Santa knows his only hope of saving the holiday from Quickbuck is to bring back the true source of Christmas magic --- his 8 tiny reindeer. But will Elvis and Delfina find them in time?

This highly entertaining graphic novel by Robert Tinkler --- a writer, podcast producer, voice actor and Daytime Emmy nominee --- is based on his podcast of the same name, which is listened to around the world. The holiday adventure story with a modern twist is structured like an advent calendar, with one chapter for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day (though many readers won't want to wait!). Each spread is chock-full of Danesh Mohiuddin's high-energy illustrations. Loaded with contemporary takes on familiar characters, such as a tech-challenged Santa and selfie-obsessed elf, this action-packed, hilarious and heartfelt book is destined to be a Christmas classic!

About the authors

Robert Tinkler is a writer, podcast producer and voice actor. He has worked on animated and live-action series for Disney, Netflix, PBS, Cartoon Network and Corus Entertainment. For his performance in the hit PBS series Cyberchase, he received a Daytime Emmy-Award nomination. Robert lives with his family in Toronto, Ontario.

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Although new to picture books, DANESH MOHIUDDIN has a long list of creative pursuits, including comic books, political cartooning, advertising campaigns, designing toys and games, and freelance illustrating for companies such as Scholastic and Kayak magazine. Danesh was born in India, grew up in Dubai, and has lived in Spain. He now makes his home in Toronto, Ontario with his wife and children.

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Editorial Reviews

... [a] tech-forward Christmas story with slapstick humor ... Both a goofy jaunt and an earnest examination.—Publishers Weekly