Santa’s Secret (hint: it’s Australian)

Getting out the Christmas decorations is always an exciting task for the kids (I wish putting them away again was greeted with as much enthusiasm). Apart from the decorations for the tree, our box of Christmas stuff also holds Christmas books. It’s a small, select collection of picture books that add to the festive spirit and the kids look forward to reading these special books as much as setting up the tree.

Every year I’m on the lookout for additions to our Christmas library and this year’s winner is the truly wonderful, Aussie-style Santa’s Secret by Mike Dumbleton and illustrated by Tom Jellett.

Told in rhyme, it’s all about what Santa gets up to post-Christmas. Exhausted after his Christmas Eve round-the-world trip, Santa has a long sleep and then… hits the surf! Before long, Santa is carving up some waves and impressing the grommets with his supreme surfing skill – “He’s in the zone! He’s in a class all of his own!”

The joy of this book is that Christmas is in context for Australian kids – it’s hot, Santa is in a tropical pineapple-patterned shirt and thongs (catch a glimpse of his cheeky tattoo!) and lives in a beach-shack, complete with a barbie out the back.

“So, watch out after Christmas Day, for the greatest surfer in the bay.”

Santa’s Secret is suitable for children three years and over. Find it online at Fishpond.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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