Your Santa Agent Invitation

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
28 Pages
Reviewed on 09/28/2022
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Reviewed by Melinda Facal for Readers' Favorite

Your Santa Agent Invitation is a delightful children’s book by Alex Lalak and Louise Cummins. Filled with warmth and cheer, this story aims to let older children know the special role that their parents play in assisting Santa each year, as well as how they too can participate in this rich tradition of giving and generosity. The beautiful history of the original Saint Nicholas is shared and inspires them to continue his legacy. Each page of this charming book brims with vibrant and colorful illustrations and heartwarming ideas to help celebrate the Christmas season. Adding to the merriment, readers are encouraged to look for a certain festive character on each page. This is an engaging and enjoyable read that shares a valuable message about the love that is shared at Christmastime.

When children discover the truth about how their parents and others help Santa deliver presents, it can often be a disappointing time, but Your Santa Agent Invitation turns this moment into a wonderful adventure. Children will be delighted to learn how they can assist Santa and be a part of something much bigger than themselves. This uplifting story presents a positive way for parents and families to be honest with their children while keeping the Christmas joy and spirit alive and well. The heartwarming rhymes and charming illustrations throughout this book brilliantly capture the excitement and joyful anticipation leading up to Christmas. This book by Alex Lalak and Louise Cummins is a highly recommended read and is sure to brighten the holiday season!

Liz Konkel

Dedicated to prolonging the spirit of Christmas in children's lives as they reach the age where they begin to question the reality of Santa Claus, Your Santa Agent Invitation by Alex Lalak and Louise Cummins is an original story paired with lovely illustrations. This joyful book captures the heart and magic of Christmas time through simple explanations that answer the difficult questions that children pose. The goal of the book is to help them understand that there is a Santa Claus, even if isn't the jolly man that delivers presents all over the world in one night. Parents will enjoy the story as a helpful resource that uses a fun story that will make it easier for them to answer the tough Christmas questions that their children may be having.

The illustrations are eye-catching with playful images and bright colors. The details make the images pop through fine lines, freckles on faces, and clever use of shading that makes each one stand out. Each page has images that center around holiday elements such as Santa Claus, cheerful singing songs, reindeer, Christmas trees, presents, and happy families. Each page also features an interactive element that will encourage children to search for a cute gingerbread man hidden within each image. The style of the book is a rhyme scheme that creates a conversational tone by setting up questions children have about Santa such as how presents came to be under the tree, how Santa visits all the children in one night, or if reindeer can really take flight. These questions stem from the real inquiries children have about the existence of Santa Claus.

The story is written with a personal touch such as the narrator admitting to having had the same questions that “you” are having now. Following these questions is an explanation about working as Santa agents to keep the joy of Christmas and the belief of Santa Claus alive. The answers provided by Alex Lalak and Louise Cummins delightfully explain a tradition of giving inspired by a kindly man through special agents that strive to keep the magic alive. The story cleverly serves as a way to invite all children reading to take part in this tradition (while also reminding them not to tell small children that still believe). A unique Christmas book with lovely illustrations, Your Santa Agent Invitation is told from the perspective of questioning Santa's existence with the clever explanation of being a special agent that delivers presents.

Bruce Arrington

Your Santa Agent Invitation, by Alex Lalak and Louise Cummins, is a Christmas holiday celebration book, filled with bright illustrations, and for older readers. By older, I mean the ones who have realized the real and current story behind Santa Claus. It helps them to make the transition to realize that, even though the original Santa is no longer around, he has Agents who do the work for him. The book is written in a fun and lyrical style, with a positive message throughout. The artwork is colorful and fits well with the spirit of Christmas and the message that it brings. Each page also includes a gingerbread figure to look for.

I believe this book bridges the Santa story, so that it allows for the spirit of giving and Christmas to continue, and encourages the reader to stay in the enjoyment and excitement of Christmas without being let down about a man in a red suit. It can be a tricky time of navigation for parents, but I believe this story puts it in a positive and hopeful light. Joy is still real. Excitement and loving and giving are still very real things that we should cherish, especially around Christmas time. This book helps to preserve those things in a child’s heart. Your Santa Agent Invitation, by Alex Lalak and Louise Cummins, also gives good advice for the parents as well: “And put this book in a place safe and sound, hidden away, not just lying around.” Highly recommended.

Pikasho Deka

Everyone loves Christmas, right? And every kid's favorite part of Christmas is rummaging through the gifts to see what Santa brought them this year. But have you ever wondered, "who is Santa?" Your Santa Agent Invitation by Alex Lalak and Louise Cummins reveals the identity of Santa in a way that kids will not only appreciate but also find themselves becoming a part of the gift-giving process. With colorful pictures and witty storytelling, the authors show why Christmas is the most joyful time of the year. Cookies, carols, and stars on the Christmas tree all take part in making Christmas a merry and joyous holiday season. Now help Santa bring gifts to the young ones by becoming agents of Santa. You're all invited.

Your Santa Agent Invitation is a fun way for parents to introduce their kids to the history of Saint Nick and encourage them to play an active part in the festivities. Authors Alex Lalak and Louise Cummins capture the spirit of Christmas by telling an entertaining story complemented by eye-catching pictures that pop out of the pages. Kids are bound to fall in love with this book. Gift giving and receiving is one of the traditions of Christmas that kids relate to the most. By explaining the role of Santa and allowing them to be his agents, parents will motivate their children to embody the spirit of Christmas and engage in doing something they will find fun. Overall, I found Your Santa Agent Invitation to be a great Christmas gift for kids.

Vincent Dublado

Your Santa Agent Invitation by Alex Lalak and Louise Cummins is a charming storybook that will rekindle your faith in the Christmas spirit. As the authors dedicate this little story to those who believe in the magic of Christmas, they creatively explain to children of a certain age how Santa Claus manages to distribute gifts to children around the world in just the span of one night. They give this question a realistic response by opening the story with vivid descriptions of the holiday season that includes gift-giving. As explained in the book, Santa, or Saint Nick, has agents who keep the spirit of Christmas alive. Becoming one of Santa’s agents is a fulfilling duty, as everyone joins in and continues to invite recruits. This little book serves as your invitation.

Your Santa Agent Invitation is a fascinating and realistic explanation of that magical question that we have all asked when we were young and filled with confidence in the magic and miracle of Christmas. So how does Santa manage to give all those gifts to children worldwide in a single night? To answer this question, you should find out for yourself by reading this story that holds on to rational belief in the spirit of giving. Alex Lalak and Louise Cummins provide their narrative with attractive illustrations that have a greeting card appeal to them - a brilliant, creative complement to a story with a Christmas theme. There is also the added fun activity of spotting the Gingerbread Boy on every page. It’s a wonderful reading gift for the holidays.