How to Catch Santa (How to)

by Jean Reagan (Author) Lee Wildish (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: How to
A #1 New York Times bestseller that's a Christmas must-read!

From the creators of the New York Times bestsellers How to Babysit a Grandpa and How to Babysit a Grandma comes an equally charming and hilarious holiday offering!

After waiting for days and days and days, it's finally Christmas Eve. And that's when you can try to catch Santa. . . .

From Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish, creators of the bestselling HOW TO... series, comes a delightful new offering, written again in a hilarious instructional style. Two sibling narrators give clever tips for "catching" Santa (be crafty! be clever! be gentle!) on Christmas Eve. Filled with humor and holiday warmth, this is a jolly read-aloud for the whole family to enjoy!

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"A new hit this year is How to Catch Santa. . . . The picture book offers lighthearted tips on how kids can steal a glimpse of Mr. Elusive, aka Santa. . . ." --USA Today
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Publishers Weekly

In this continuation of Reagan and Wildish's tongue-in-cheek series of "how to" books, an unseen narrator presents an array of ideas for catching Santa, detaining him long enough to answer questions about how the reindeer fly or how he fits down chimneys. "Be crafty! Be clever! Be gentle," writes Reagan, dismissing ideas like lassoing Santa like a steer for ones like leaving him a note filled with glitter, so that he'll leave a trail. Wildish's illustrations embrace the comedy of the narrator's suggestions; in a departure from the brightly colored palette of most of the scenes, he offers a quiet view of snowy suburban rooftops by night, as the narrator instructs readers to listen for "Santa sounds" like "Santa doing stretches on your neighbor's roof." Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, Bright Agency. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--From the team behind How to Babysit a Grandpa (2012) comes this similar guide with a glitterized cover. It's packed with tongue-in-cheek advice on how to catch Santa and then what to do with him. You can't keep him long--he's busy! Questions to ask and things to tell him must be thought of in advance. Techniques for his capture will require some effort, as illustrated by several humorous scenarios. Don't be too disappointed if you don't catch him--there's always next year! VERDICT Clever, chuckle-worthy fare in a nonreligious context.--Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library

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Jean Reagan
JEAN REAGAN was born in Alabama but spent most of her childhood in Japan. She now lives in Salt Lake City, UT, with her husband. To learn more about Jean and her work, please visit and

LEE WILDISH has illustrated a number of children's books, including Twosomes by Marilyn Singer. To learn more about Lee and his work, visit

Together, Jean and Lee are the creators of the New York Times bestselling HOW TO... series, including How to Babysit a Grandpa, How to Babysit a Grandma, and How to Surprise a Dad.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date
October 20, 2015
How to
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
JUV017010 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
Library of Congress categories
Christmas stories
Santa Claus

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