Monday, December 23, 2019


Dasher: How A Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever. Matt Tavares. 2019. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Life was not easy for the reindeer family of J.P. Finnegan’s Traveling Circus and Menagerie.

Premise/plot: This is the ‘real’ story of Dasher (the doe) and how Santa’s sleigh came to be pulled by reindeer instead of a horse. It seems only fair that she gets an origin story. Why should Rudolph remain the most famous reindeer of all?!?!

My thoughts: I definitely enjoyed this one! It is a bit text heavy. So perhaps this one is best suited to a slightly older young reader. Children who have grown past chewing books and are ready to settle into a story. It is an entertaining story, beautifully written and illustrated. I thought the artwork was gorgeous.

If this were adapted into a special, I would definitely watch it every holiday season.


© 2019 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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