Monday, December 7, 2015

Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present by John Burningham

One of my favorite Christmas books to read aloud is Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present by John Burningham. This book was published in 1993, and it has such cute illustrations.

Santa has just finished delivering presents all over the world. He puts the reindeer to bed (one of them is sick), and "He put on his pajamas and was just climbing into bed when he saw something that made  him gasp. At the end of the bed lay his sack. Santa could see the shape of one present still inside it. Santa pulled the present out of the sack. The present was Harvey Slumfenburger's."

"Santa knew all about Havey Slumfenburger. . . He knew that Harvey Slumfenburger lived in a hut at the top of the Roly Poly Mountain, which was far, far away."

Because this is the only present Harvey Slumfenburger will get on Christmas day, Santa, tired as he is, gets out of bed, puts his coat on over his pajamas, and starts the long walk through the cold to the top of the Roly Poly Mountain.

Santa meets others who help him get there. It is a fun trip to the Roly Poly Mountain. I shared this book with Callie and Kayana when they spent the night over Thanksgiving weekend, and they loved it. This was Matt's favorite Christmas book when he was small.

This book is out of print, but it is still available for a good price at several internet sources. The kindle edition is also available at

I sent an email out to the winner of my giveaway - Angejohnson18. I'll get that book out to you so you can use it for Christmas gift giving. Thanks to all of you who ordered books from Usborne and helped us get books for the NICU.

1 comment:

  1. I might have to snag this for Arias Christmas Eve box.