BLOG TOUR: Mrs. Claus Takes the Reins by Sue Fliess


It’s Christmas Eve morning, and Santa Claus is still in bed! He’s feeling stuffy and sneezy and slow as a yeti. Will Christmas have to be canceled? Not this year! Because Mrs. Claus is ready to take the reins in Santa’s place. With a plan in mind, Mrs. Claus assembles the crew, maps out the route, and preps the sleigh. Then, with a snap of the reins, she shoots off into the night. Delivering gifts all over the world without Santa’s magic won’t be easy, but Mrs. Claus proves she has some holiday sparkle of her own…

With lively rhyming text and adorable artwork, this delightful Christmas adventure will get kids into the holiday spirit.


Sue Fliess is the author of more than twenty children’s books, including Shoes for Me!, A Dress for Me!, and Books for Me!, all illustrated by Mike Laughead; and Let’s Build, illustrated by Miki Sakamoto. Sue loves the holiday season and hopes she made it onto Santa’s “nice” list this year! She lives with her family and their dog in Northern Virginia. Learn more about Sue online at

Mark Chambers is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than thirty-five children’s books. In 2013, Mark won the Sheffield Children’s Picture Book Award and was short-listed for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. In 2017, his artwork entitled “We Will Remember” was short-listed for the AOI World Illustration Awards. Mark lives and works in the United Kingdom and once spent Christmas in the Arctic Circle. Learn more about Mark online at
“The illustrations are bright and expressive…Young children will enjoy this exuberant adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a nice addition to holiday stories with a little dash of girl power.” —Youth Services Book Review

Fliess has written a cute story about what happens when Santa gets sick on Christmas Eve.  At first he thinks they need to cancel the holiday, but Mrs. Claus volunteers to go in his place.  With the help of the elves, she gathers everything she needs and sets off into the night.  At first things run smoothly, but later in the night she runs into blizzards and other bad weather, the sleigh starts to leak, and the reindeer harnesses get tangled.  But holding on to her patience Mrs. Claus manages to solve the problems and finish the trip.  This is a light, fun read that emphasizes the fact that we all need help sometimes and that problems can be overcome.
Watch Mrs. Claus make HERstory in the adorable trailer!


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