Santa's Slip Up

Children - Grade 4th-6th
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 08/31/2023
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Reviewed by Adanna Ora for Readers' Favorite

Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31st. On this fateful day, when Halloween was being celebrated with its scary and creepy atmosphere, somebody shouted "Merry Christmas, ho-ho-ho," Merry Christmas at this time? Who could it be? Find out in Santa’s Slip Up, written by Raven Howell with beautiful illustrations by Savannah Horton. Santa’s Slip Up is a children’s book that displays the suspense associated with Halloween and the mystery created to get to the root of an unusual occurrence. It also shows the happy spirit associated with the season. The story is written in a poem-like form with literary devices like rhyme, onomatopoeia, alliteration, imagery, and rhetorical questions embedded in the storytelling. The illustrations are created to explain every line and show the reader a pictorial representation of events.

The colorful illustrations in Santa Slip Up perfectly represent the story, depicting the necessary emotions that the author aims to evoke in the young reader. I loved the use of suspense and mystery evident in the story and the genius ability of Raven Howell to create a joyful and hearty atmosphere at the end. Another thing I appreciated in Santa’s Slip Up is the language used. Apart from the fact that the language is simple and easy to learn, it provides a great source of learning for children by helping to improve their vocabulary. It shows us the light-hearted moments that can come with Halloween, as distinct from the fearful notions associated with the season. Kudos to Raven Howell for this adorable story.

Ann Linus

Santa’s error was that he came at the wrong time of the year, appearing at Halloween following a major miscalculation. “Merry Christmas, Ho Ho,” Santa cheered on the darkest night of the year, joining in the parade with a fanged vampire, a rattling skeleton, a bossy witch, hanging bats, a twitching zombie, a frightful ghost, an uncanny clown, and other sinister beings. And boy, these other characters thought that Santa’s outfit was just another costume. Santa’s mistake could turn out for the better or worse, but that’s for you to find out by reading Santa’s Slip Up by Raven Howell.

Santa’s Slip Up was a hilarious read. It was short, humorous, intriguing, creative, and lighthearted. I was impressed that all these attributes were efficiently squeezed into this concise tale. Raven Howell told this story brilliantly using a simple and informal tone. The narrative was rich with rhyming words and sported a few bigger words, which would be a healthy challenge for young readers who may require some adult help with interpretation or pronunciation. Pictures were an equally important part of this story. The colorful images captured the characters and their different expressions perfectly, from the spooky ghost to the eerie clown, and the scowling owl. There are also some moral lessons to be gained from this fun read. Anybody can make mistakes, and we should learn to make the best out of any situation. I enjoyed this book greatly, and I recommend this story to both children and adults for a quick laugh.

Philip Van Heusen

It’s Halloween! What is Santa doing here? Oh no! Find out what will happen in Santa’s Slip Up by Raven Howell. This picture book about a grand mix-up will excite your children. They will laugh at the rhymes about all the creatures that come out of hiding on Halloween. While the pictures are scary, they are not terrifying. But what do we do with Santa and how does he turn a mistake into a victory? Will the bats get tangled in Santa’s whiskers? Will Santa have to sneak away in shame? As your children are drawn into the story, they will have to wait to see what happens. Santa is not wearing a costume so what will happen when he enters the Halloween parade?

Raven Howell combines two popular holidays in Santa’s Slip Up. With rhymes and short phrases, the author provides fun and enjoyment for children. Children love to be scared at Halloween and the illustrations fit in well. Bringing Santa to town on Halloween is a stroke of creative genius. Children will love the combination of their two favorite holidays and how the story ends. This will become a favorite storybook for your children. Raven is a prolific writer of children’s stories and she loves anything to do with Santa. Laughter is also one of Raven’s pleasures, and she shares that humor in her writing. It is easy to see that Raven is also a poet. Your children will love this book and thank you for buying it for them.