How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?

By Mac Barnett

Illustrated by Jon Klassen

The multi-award-winning duo of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen tackle a perennial question: how does Santa go down the chimney?

When Santa arrives at a child’s house on Christmas Eve, does he go down the chimney feetfirst or headfirst? What if he gets stuck? What if there’s no chimney? Maybe he slides under the door, as thin as a piece of paper? Or is it possible he pours himself through the tap? What happens once he’s inside? Mac Barnett’s iconic talent for earnest deadpan humour and Jon Klassen’s irresistibly funny art honour this timeless question with answers both ridiculous and plausible, mounting in hilarity as the night continues. Channeling a child’s fanciful explanations, this latest collaboration by a bestselling team will find a secure spot among family Christmas traditions.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529512779
  • Published: 05 Oct 2023
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 270 x 200 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'Comical speculation tries to answer the question we all wonder about, with much of the humour added by the pictures, in which stolid Santa is found in undignified positions.' Children’s books of the year 2023, The Sunday Times

'The perfect pairing of Barnett and Klassen delivers a sublime festive gift in this testing question of how Father Christmas brings presents, all wrapped up with dead-pan humour and deceptively simple illustrations. […] The ideal answer to every child’s bemusement, make sure you hang a stocking by the fireplace holding this one.' Daily Mail

'Klassen’s surreal, slyly witty drawings reflect the absurdity of trying to solve the mystery of how Father Christmas delivers all those presents on Christmas Eve. Barnett’s deadpan humour is perfect for reading aloud.' Daily Mail

'Guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer… With Klassen’s droll, sooty illustrations, and just a little naughtiness, it’s a real schmaltz-free treat.' The Guardian

'Delightfully deadpan, this understated picture book muses on how Santa gains access – does he turn toffee-thin, or flow out of the tap? Humorously brought to life by Klassen’s illustrations, it’ll delight imaginative pre-schoolers.' The Metro

'Wry words and laugh-out-loud illustrations reveal a message that warms the heart.' best children’s books for Christmas 2023, iNews

'Mac Barnett's signature deadpan humour brings a new twist on this age-old question with an approach that is equal parts silly and smart. A picture book that grown-ups will enjoy too.' Irish Examiner

'Irresistibly funny but logical questions are amplified by the pictures of a glum but resolute Santa and his irritated reindeer coping with a mission impossible, delivering a seasonal gem for 3+.' New Statesman

'A piece of picture book genius.' Books for Keeps Christmas Gift Guide

'Klassen’s illustrations are both literal and playful (his animals so often stealing the limelight) and Barnett’s narrative poses the perfect balance of question and suggestion. Together, they’ve created a story bound to spark imaginative discussion and shout-out-loud engagement through the festive season. More picture book magic from the award-winning duo.' Reading Matters Guide 2023

'It has covered everything and even what could happen if you haven’t a chimney… It will be every child’s favourite book leading up to Christmas and will make them think. It is funny and charming. Pictures are great to keep a child engaged.'

'Fabulous book. Really lovely illustrations and cosy colours… Definitely a book I will read to my children every Christmas and pass down to my grandkids.' Toppsta Reviewer

'It’s a really playful book… Klassen’s sparse illustrations are the perfect match to Barnett’s light, and very funny text' Cotswold Life

'Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen have done it again, adding a touch of whimsical magic to the age-old question: “How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?”… The true brilliance of this book lies in its ability to capture the innocent wonder of a child’s mind… How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? is a joyful reminder that the magic of Christmas is, above all, about celebrating the impossible and nurturing the enchanting stories that define the holiday season. It’s a must-read for every child and child at heart.' Preneur World

'The perfect Christmas read for children and families. Celebrating Christmas traditions in a fun and imaginative way to make readers of all ages laugh, this book is just wonderful and will generate discussions about Christmas. The gorgeous colourful illustrations and humour will keep young readers engaged from start to finish.' Little Blog of Library Treasures

'I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun picture book this Christmas.' The Strawberry Post

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