Santa Claus and the Christmas Surprise

Dorothea Lachner; Illustrated by Maja Dusíková

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  • Beautiful soft, watercolours by illustrator Maja Dusíková depict a picture-postcard village in the snow
  • Shares a positive message about communities coming together to remember what's really important
  • A warm-hearted Christmas story with a dash of seasonal magic

A gorgeously illustrated traditional Christmas story about hope and community spirit.

293 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
28 pages
Publication date:
20 Sep 2018


Christmas is coming but Anna and Michael's village is cut off by deep snow. They're worried that Santa Claus won't reach them, so they send him a special wish.

Santa Claus hears their wish, and brings the village a surprise. Can the neighbours work together to reach their Christmas gift?

This is a gorgeously illustrated Christmas story about hope and community spirit, with a dash of traditional seasonal magic from much-loved illustrator Maja Dusíková.


'This is a beautiful wintry story [...] about the power of community -- and a cup of tea!'
-- JUNO Magazine

'Illustrated with warm and hazy paintings that remind of traditional Christmas tales.'
-- Foreword Reviews

'Watercolors in soft focus lend an intimacy to what reads like a folktale, with little animal friends in the illustrations for young children to find. A sweet message about the meaning of Christmas giving.'
-- Kirkus


Dorothea Lachner is the writer of many books and radio programmes for children in Germany and Austria.

Maja Dusíková was born in Slovakia in 1946. She has illustrated over forty books for children. She lives with her family in Florence, Italy. She is the illustrator of The Princess and the Pea (Floris Books).

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