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Kids Fiction 214
delightful Christmas season-themed picture book!
(Updated: August 14, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
HO HO HOMEWORK is a fun book that will get readers into the Christmas spirit. Jack has been disappointed by the lack of snow so far, but when he goes into class, he finds everyone abuzz talking about the new substitute teacher, Mr. Clausen. Mr. Clausen reminds them of someone they know, a patient older man with a jolly laugh, boots, and a white beard.

Jack isn’t sure if Mr. Clausen might be someone more, but he follows the homework assignment of making a snowflake wish (a paper snowflake with a wish written on the back). There’s a twinkle in Mr. Clausen’s eye when he gives it to him, and sure enough, Jack’s wish for snow comes true on Christmas! Jack teaches his sisters to make snowflake wishes, and the book includes directions for kids to make their own.

What I loved: The illustrations are lovely, and it’s readily apparent for kids who know about Santa to figure out that Mr. Clausen is likely the man in the red suit. The crafts, activities, and Christmas theme shine through the book and make this a great holiday season read. The story is adorable and will be enjoyed by young readers who will wish Mr. Clausen could be their teacher too! The addition of the craft idea with instructions adds some extra fun to the book.

What left me wanting more: As a very minor point, it’s not actually spelled out anywhere who the children suspect Mr. Clausen of being, and I would have liked to have it say that they think he might be Santa Claus (mainly for the toddler/preschool crowd).

Final verdict: Merry and full of Christmas spirit, this story is a great read for the holiday season with some mischief, wishes, and Santa magic. Recommend for anyone looking for a light-hearted Christmas story to share with young children.
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