Author: Michael Keane
Illustrator: Michael Garland
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Genre: Children / Christmas
“Twas the night before Christmas at NORAD’s home base,
Not an airman was stirring, each one was in place,
Ready and waiting for the very first sight,
Of good old St. Nick on his Christmas Eve flight.”
So begins this magical tale of Santa’s journey on Christmas Eve, 21st century style. In this delightfully written poem, Santa runs into trouble due to a nasty storm, and NORAD personnel must rush in to save the day. Delivering presents is a simple matter, as these highly trained men are used to helping on a moment’s notice.
Those who have tracked Santa every Christmas Eve at the NORAD Santa website will be delighted to read of how this organization steps in to save Christmas. Children of military families will cheer as they speculate if mom or dad was called in to help. (Of course this is classified information, so they will never know!) And fans of the classic Christmas TV programs will enjoy the illustrations done in this traaditional style.
The Night Santa Got Lost: How NORAD Saved Christmas is one of those unique books that I believe will become a treasured Christmas classic. I highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Alice Berger