Project Description


Santa’s Eleven Months Off

by Mike Reiss
illustrated by Michael G. Montgomery

What does Santa do on his vacation after Christmas? Find out in this hilarious picture book from author Mike Reiss, an award-winning writer for The Simpsons.

In this uproarious tale, Santa recovers from a hectic December by embarking on a hilarious vacation campaign of adventure and self-improvement—from sumo wrestling to international espionage to continuing education (including Elf Esteem and Basic Reindeer Labor Laws). But no matter where he goes or what he does, he’s still our beloved Santa Claus. So, thanks, Santa, for all your hard work. Go ahead and take the rest of the year off!

With sparkling rhyme, author Mike Reiss (award-winning writer for The Simpsons) offers a funny look at what our favorite guy in the red suit does when he’s done “making fifty zillion toys for the world’s good girls and boys.” Artist Michael Montgomery brings the story to life with expressive and energetic oil paintings.

This unique story is perfect for children who are curious about what Santa does all year. A great read-aloud!

Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-962-9
Publication Date: 10/1/2016
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-7/8″ x 9-5/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.0
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD710L
Themes: Months of the Year, Seasons, Holidays, Hobbies
BISAC 1: JUV017010   JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
BISAC 2: JUV019000   JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV037000   JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic


“Expansive oil paintings keep the energy high…” ―Publishers Weekly

“Santa sparkles throughout the pages, thanks to the illustrator’s contribution. The book, written in rhyme, captures Santa’s jolly essence perfectly.” ―The Oklahoman

“This humorously-written, imaginative book…is a must-have for K-5 Santa-lovers everywhere… In short, every page of this over-sized, hard back picture book is a story-starter.” ―Picture Book Depot

“The perfect post-holiday picture book the entire family will enjoy. The story is wonderful to read with its rhyming and perfect meter. The illustrations are collector worthy.” ―Kid Lit Reviews


The Original Art ―Society of Illustrators, 2007

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Meet the Author

Mike Reiss has garnered top awards as a television writer, including four Emmys and a Peabody for his work on The Simpsons. Reiss is also the author of several children’s books. He is a former president of The Harvard Lampoon and editor of The National Lampoon. He lives in New York.

Meet the Illustrator

Michael Montgomery

Michael G. Montgomery has illustrated numerous children’s books. He attended Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia. He lives in Georgia. You can visit his website here.