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Julie Sykes

Author of Hurry, Santa!

110+ Works 5,092 Members 24 Reviews

About the Author

Includes the names: Julie Sykes, Summer Waters

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Works by Julie Sykes

Hurry, Santa! (1998) 513 copies
I Don't Want to Go to Bed! (1600) 499 copies
Santa's Noisy Night (1996) 492 copies
Dora's Eggs (1997) 393 copies
Get Well, Santa! (2004) 357 copies
I Don't Want to Have a Bath! (1997) 316 copies
Little Tiger's Big Surprise! (1999) 278 copies
That's Not Fair, Hare! (2001) 207 copies
This and That (1996) 127 copies
Smudge (1998) 109 copies
The Rainy Day Adventure (2001) 63 copies
That Pesky Dragon (2007) 47 copies
Wait for Me, Little Tiger! (2001) 35 copies
Little Tiger Goes to School (1998) 24 copies
Wake Up, Little Tiger (2000) 17 copies
Bathtime, Little Tiger (2003) 8 copies
Dizzy (Fairy Bears) (2010) 6 copies
Amber (2013) 4 copies
Sparkle (Fairy Bears) (2010) 4 copies
Primrose (Fairy Bears) (2010) 3 copies
Misty (Fairy Bears) (2010) 3 copies
Barnyard Bingo (2013) 2 copies
Sunny (Fairy Bears) (2010) 2 copies
Pintinhos de Dora, Os (2013) 2 copies
Blossom (2010) 1 copy

Associated Works


animals (135) babies (20) bedtime (49) board book (31) cats (16) chicken (18) chickens (36) children (28) children's (60) Christmas (436) December (24) eggs (36) fall (21) family (36) fantasy (18) farm (77) farm animals (34) feelings (15) fiction (106) friendship (24) holiday (40) holidays (45) jungle (27) jungle animals (22) magic (15) night (13) paperback (15) picture (15) picture book (108) Santa (105) Santa Claus (21) siblings (17) sleep (17) space (14) squirrels (15) tiger (30) tigers (49) Unicorn Academy (15) weather (13) winter (50)

Common Knowledge



I think this book is a good way to teach children not to underestimate others. Something I didn’t really like about the book was that both the Hare and the Turtle were using sneaky ways to win. I think that this gives kids the wrong idea about winning and playing fair.
MarlenePreciado | 2 other reviews | Feb 10, 2022 |
3.5 stars
This is a really cute and fun story for young girls. It would also work well as an early reader (for those ready to try chapter books).
ChelseaVK | Dec 10, 2021 |
Oh, no! It’s Christmas Eve and Santa is sound asleep! The little mouse tugs at his beard to wake him; Santa hurries to get dressed. But when he gets outside, there are no reindeer to harness. He searches the woods for the reindeer, but only finds four of them? Will four reindeer be enough to pull Santa’s sleigh? Will there be toys under the Christmas tree for the Little Ones on Christmas morning?

And what is Santa’s surprise?

Three-year-olds and up are the target audience for this story. Santa bumbles and bustles his way through a variety of silly antics on his way to getting the presents delivered to all the children; young readers who feel rushed and hurried will appreciate Santa’s misadventures as he tries to deliver the toys. In its own comical way, the story shows young readers that everyone has difficult moments. And the reindeer giving Santa a gift at the end of the story is just plain sweet [and a lesson for young readers in giving to others].

The artwork is colorful and clever: the cat’s antlers have tiny fish dangling on them; the reindeer are having a snowball fight. There’s more than enough frenzy, energy, and chuckles to make this a holiday treat for young children expectantly waiting for Santa to appear.

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jfe16 | 1 other review | Dec 26, 2020 |
lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |


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