Reviewed by Matthew Johns
As the festive season approaches, it’s always nice to unwind with some mulled wine, a minced pie and a seasonal story. Ian Hunter’s ‘Santa Claus is Missing’ is the perfect accompaniment to festive treats, and is suitable for most ages.
On his way back from collecting a letter, Santa gets hit by a fireball coming out of a factory chimney and wakes up in a field with no memory of who he is, or even what Christmas is.
David and Anne Buchanan’s school is closed as the water pipes are frozen, so decide to go to the park for a spot of sledging. There they find a strange man with burnt clothes and no memory, so decide to try to help him. Meanwhile, some of Santa’s intrepid reindeer find themselves trapped inside a scary forest being pursued by some deadly dogs and their sadistic owner, having lost their ability to fly.
Hunter’s writing is engaging, and easy to read. Wittily written, this short story consists of just 76 pages, and is entertaining for young and old from start to finish. With only seven days until Christmas, will Santa regain his memory and rescue his reindeer? You’ll have to read the book to find out!