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Children's Fiction Deer, Moose & Caribou

Elmore the Christmas Moose

by (author) Dev Petty & Mike Boldt

Random House Publishing Group
Initial publish date
Oct 2024
Deer, Moose & Caribou, Christmas & Advent, Humorous Stories
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2024
    List Price

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A hilarious and heartwarming Christmas story about a moose who wants to be one of Santa's reindeer. This charming picture book comes from the comic minds of the the duo that brought you I Don't Want to Be a Frog and Don't Eat Bees.

Dear Mr. Claus,

I am writing to apply for the temporary Christmas reindeer position . . .

When Santa places a job listing in the North Pole newspaper for a replacement reindeer, Elmore the moose eagerly applies. Sure, he can't actually, you know . . . fly, but how hard could it be??

In scene after scene of hilariously dedicated trying . . . and failing, Elmore perseveres in his dream to become a part of Santa's trusted team. Young readers will love Elmore's wry, funny letters to Santa as he continues on his quest. And they will shed a happy tear when the perfect opportunity arises for Elmore to shine simply by being himself.

Families at Christmas (and many Christmases to come) will love sharing this heartfelt, hilarious tale about a can-do moose who embodies the true spirit of the holiday.

About the authors


Dev Petty a travaillé dans le domaine du cinéma comme artiste aux effets spéciaux. Elle a notamment collaboré à la trilogie Matrix et à des douzaines d’autres films. Elle vit à Albany, en Californie.


Dev Petty previously worked as a visual-effects artist in film, contributing to such movies as the Matrix Trilogy. She lives in Albany, California.

Mike Boldt is an author and illustrator living in the countryside of Alberta, Canada. He has been illustrating for children for the past 15 years. His most recent picture book with Scholastic Canada is the wildly fun picture book The Duck Says (Les cancans du canard).

Dev Petty's profile page

Mike Boldt has been my name
for quite a few years.

Some people call me an Author / Illustrator.
I’ve been called worse.

I still enjoy cartoons.

I like ice cream a lot.

I‘ve drawn since I was young.

I read (picture) books.

I like to write & draw them too.

I’m amazed and grateful every day this is my job.

Mike Boldt's profile page

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