Happy book birthday to WHO WILL PULL SANTA’S SLEIGH by Russ Willms, out now from Clarion Books!

Many animals want to audition to pull Santa’s sleigh and deliver toys to children around the world. But can anyone actually get the job done? This hilarious, behind-the-scenes story about Santa’s reindeer crew is perfect for fans of Santa Claus: The World’s First Toy Expert and Olive, the Other Reindeer.

It’s Santa’s first Christmas, and he needs to find the perfect team to pull his sleigh so he can deliver gifts to children around the world.

All sorts of animals answer his ad: SLEIGH PULLERS WANTED! But sloths are too slow, bunnies are a bit bouncy, and no one seems quite right for the job. Who can Santa turn to?

This funny, festive tale of teamwork is a perfect addition to your picture book library this holiday season!


“Via bright, cartoonlike illustrations, wordplay, and plentiful dialogue bubbles, Willms presents a comical origin story for Santa’s famous reindeer team.” —Publishers Weekly

“This imaginative origin story is a likely crowd pleaser for the preschool set. The illustrations have a fun meta energy perfect for interactive storytimes.”  —Kirkus

Russ Willms has always had a passion for art and fun, and humour has been part of his own expression throughout his career. His work has been featured in hundreds of magazines, books and ad campaigns throughout the world, including two forthcoming picture books. He is represented by Elizabeth Bennett.