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A little girl's belief in Santa is restored in this ode to the magic of Christmas. It's two weeks before Christmas, and Deja is worried that Santa might not be able to visit her--after all, as a city kid, she doesn't have a chimney for him to come down and none of the parking spots on her block could fit a sleigh, let alone eight reindeer! But with a little help from her fa A little girl's belief in Santa is restored in this ode to the magic of Christmas. It's two weeks before Christmas, and Deja is worried that Santa might not be able to visit her--after all, as a city kid, she doesn't have a chimney for him to come down and none of the parking spots on her block could fit a sleigh, let alone eight reindeer! But with a little help from her family, community, and Santa himself, Deja discovers that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in her city.


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A little girl's belief in Santa is restored in this ode to the magic of Christmas. It's two weeks before Christmas, and Deja is worried that Santa might not be able to visit her--after all, as a city kid, she doesn't have a chimney for him to come down and none of the parking spots on her block could fit a sleigh, let alone eight reindeer! But with a little help from her fa A little girl's belief in Santa is restored in this ode to the magic of Christmas. It's two weeks before Christmas, and Deja is worried that Santa might not be able to visit her--after all, as a city kid, she doesn't have a chimney for him to come down and none of the parking spots on her block could fit a sleigh, let alone eight reindeer! But with a little help from her family, community, and Santa himself, Deja discovers that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in her city.

30 review for Santa in the City

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Definitely pick this one up! I thought this was a great story as it answers many of those tough questions about Santa that children ask. How does Santa get inside my house, if I don’t have a chimney? The North Pole is so cold, how can Santa live there? How can Santa be at the mall, at the animal shelter and be at the mall across town all in one day? I thought this was a fun, adorable book about Deja who is concerned about Santa’s visit. Deja is at that age where some of her friends don’t believe Definitely pick this one up! I thought this was a great story as it answers many of those tough questions about Santa that children ask. How does Santa get inside my house, if I don’t have a chimney? The North Pole is so cold, how can Santa live there? How can Santa be at the mall, at the animal shelter and be at the mall across town all in one day? I thought this was a fun, adorable book about Deja who is concerned about Santa’s visit. Deja is at that age where some of her friends don’t believe in Santa but Deja is looking for the answers to her important questions. It’s all about his arrival and how Santa will find her on this important night. On glossy paper, this picture book has bright illustrations, I’m sure this book will be read over and over again as children explore the illustrations. Deja asks a lot of great questions and with the easy-to-read text, the story was an entertaining and fun read. 5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Piscesbambina

    A sweet story in the vein of "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus", except instead of relying on the newspaper for confirmation Deja gets a renewed belief in Christmas magic from family and friends throughout the community. The perfect cozy addition to any holiday book collection ☺️ ❤️ A sweet story in the vein of "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus", except instead of relying on the newspaper for confirmation Deja gets a renewed belief in Christmas magic from family and friends throughout the community. The perfect cozy addition to any holiday book collection ☺️ ❤️

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    A beautifully illustrated book about a little girl who is doubting the existence of Santa thanks to classmates. So family and neighbors alike do their best to answer her many questions about Santa's existence and offer reasonable explanations. A beautifully illustrated book about a little girl who is doubting the existence of Santa thanks to classmates. So family and neighbors alike do their best to answer her many questions about Santa's existence and offer reasonable explanations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alesha

    Very cute. The illustrations are well done and the characters are diverse.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Slaa!!!

    This was so cute!! Is there anything Tiffany can’t do? Clearly not.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Krissy Ronan

    Cute story! Love the message and the illustrations.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Black Santa! And he's got all the answers. Black Santa! And he's got all the answers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Richetta

    My Favorite New Addition To My Kids’ Christmas Shelves As a child, if you celebrate Christmas, you will inevitably have questions about how Santa Claus operates. For some kids, they will get their answers from The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore. But for a lot of children, who don’t live in what marketing campaigns consider the ideal spot for Santa to land –a house with a chimney — they are often left to wonder how in the world this Santa thing will work out for them. So Many Questions! Thi My Favorite New Addition To My Kids’ Christmas Shelves As a child, if you celebrate Christmas, you will inevitably have questions about how Santa Claus operates. For some kids, they will get their answers from The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore. But for a lot of children, who don’t live in what marketing campaigns consider the ideal spot for Santa to land –a house with a chimney — they are often left to wonder how in the world this Santa thing will work out for them. So Many Questions! This is why this book is so awesome! The main character, Deja, is challenged by all of the common questions a kid who lives in the city would have about how Santa could exist. “How does he get into your apartment when there’s no chimney?” Give Mamas Their Props For Maintaining Christmas Joy Deja’s mom is the real MVP in this story. For every question she has really cool magical explanation. As I was reading it with my kids, I was sitting there like, “Huh? That’s pretty good! I wouldn’t have thought about that!” So shout out to Tiffany D. Jackson’s mom, whom I believe Deja’s mom is modeled after. Those were some good explanations lady! Santa Is Here For All The Kids What is great about this book, is that you can read it with any child, city-dweller or country-runner, and they will enjoy it. Because the beauty of this story is it shows the flexibility of Santa Claus and how he includes all children and not just children who live in certain types of homes. To me that is always the biggest struggle with Santa Claus. How do you include all children in the fun? HAVE A SIP OF COCOA ☕… I came for… Black Santa!!! I stayed for… the beautiful illustrations and the fun story about how Santa does visit the city! Educator Recommendations: This is a great opportunity to read a story that is inclusive of kids in different types of living environments. If you read it in a rural environment, then those kids get to learn about the city. If you read it to city kids they will approach it from the perspective that they actually can fit into a narrative that has often left them out. Mom Recommendation: This book is a super fun read with your children. If you enjoy the idea of Santa Claus in your house, this is a book that will help kids stretch their imaginations for how different things are possible. While I always recommend books that feature Black people to all cultures. I think this one will be very special to African American moms and Moms of African-American children. We are often out there searching for items that feature Black Santa and this one is definitely a keeper. I definitely recommend this as an annual Christmas read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    Two weeks before Christmas, city girl Deja is getting really excited, but some kids don't think Santa exists. After all, they ask, how does Santa deliver gifts for kids who live in apartments and don't have a chimney? Or live up in the cold, cold North Pole. Luckily, Deja's mom has some answers for her. Christmas is magical, and magic always finds a way. Santa has a magical keychain that lets him in each and every apartment after parking on the roof. But each answer her mother has leads to anoth Two weeks before Christmas, city girl Deja is getting really excited, but some kids don't think Santa exists. After all, they ask, how does Santa deliver gifts for kids who live in apartments and don't have a chimney? Or live up in the cold, cold North Pole. Luckily, Deja's mom has some answers for her. Christmas is magical, and magic always finds a way. Santa has a magical keychain that lets him in each and every apartment after parking on the roof. But each answer her mother has leads to another question that Deja has. Where does Santa park his sleigh and reindeer? How will Santa find them in among all the buildings? And how can Santa be a Kings Plaza Mall and the North Pole at the same time? And what about when they visit grandparents in Jamaica? How does Santa know where to find them? Still skeptical after all the answer, Deja decides to wait up for Santa himself to answer her questions, but she just couldn't keep her eyes open and Santa came and left, but not before leaving a special message just for her. This is a great book for all those city kids who may have the same questions and the answers are quiet feasible. I remember wondering the same things as Deja and so did my Kiddo when she was young. The bright, boldly colored digital illustrations capture all of Deja's emotions surrounding Christmas and Santa, perhaps because they were made with a pinch of Christmas magic.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Misse Jones

    When I heard that Tiffany D. Jackson would be releasing Santa In The City I had to get my hands on a copy. I was in for treat! With the addition of Reggie Brown’s illustrations, I’d say that this ode to a Christmas tale is a slam dunk. Deja is a curious and inquisitive little girl who has come to have a ton of questions leading into the weeks before Christmas. It doesn’t help that some kids at school do not believe in Santa as she does. Deja lives in the city in an apartment and is mostly concer When I heard that Tiffany D. Jackson would be releasing Santa In The City I had to get my hands on a copy. I was in for treat! With the addition of Reggie Brown’s illustrations, I’d say that this ode to a Christmas tale is a slam dunk. Deja is a curious and inquisitive little girl who has come to have a ton of questions leading into the weeks before Christmas. It doesn’t help that some kids at school do not believe in Santa as she does. Deja lives in the city in an apartment and is mostly concerned that Santa will not be able to visit her under such circumstances. But with the help of her family, members in the community, and Santa himself Deja is reassured about the spirit of Christmas. I loved the illustrations. Everything from the thoughtfully crafted images to the selections of hair and dress and the diverse representation of people in the community were stunning and beautiful. So many rich and vivid colors were used throughout 😍 This story brought on tons of nostalgia for me. Growing up in an apartment, I remember when I too questioned about the truthfulness of Santa Claus, his helpers and the North Pole. It is very relatable. It is an excellent book for young readers and families alike, in time for the holiday season.

  11. 4 out of 5

    SarahO

    I'm going through a ton of Christmas books right now and this one is super cute! A story of a little girl's search for answers to the age old question: is there a Santa Claus? It has a diverse cast, beautiful illustration's, and a fun story with a bit of Christmas magic. Deja starts to get nervous when the kids around her begin saying that there is no Santa Claus. She asks the adults around her questions like how can Santa live in the North Pole when it's so cold? Where does Santa park his sleigh I'm going through a ton of Christmas books right now and this one is super cute! A story of a little girl's search for answers to the age old question: is there a Santa Claus? It has a diverse cast, beautiful illustration's, and a fun story with a bit of Christmas magic. Deja starts to get nervous when the kids around her begin saying that there is no Santa Claus. She asks the adults around her questions like how can Santa live in the North Pole when it's so cold? Where does Santa park his sleigh when there's no place on the street big enough? How can Santa visit kids with no chimney? To be honest, I related more with the adults answering her questions than with Deja's inquisitiveness. I can't remember ever believing in Santa but I loved the magic of the imagination. I would make up things for my little sister, who also never believed in Santa so I'm not sure what my point was.lol I loved the stories though. If you're making up a list of Christmas books to read this year, this would be a good one to add!

  12. 5 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    A little girl’s belief in Santa is restored in this picture book releasing 10.5. 🎅🏿 Deja loves Christmas more than anything. She counts down the days all year. Until one day her friends start telling her Santa isn’t real. This prompts Deja to do some thinking and investigating of her own, asking adults all the questions her friends asked and more. But come Christmas morning Deja wakes up to one special surprise. 🎅🏿 I don’t normally review picture books, but I’ll read anything by the amazing Tiffany A little girl’s belief in Santa is restored in this picture book releasing 10.5. 🎅🏿 Deja loves Christmas more than anything. She counts down the days all year. Until one day her friends start telling her Santa isn’t real. This prompts Deja to do some thinking and investigating of her own, asking adults all the questions her friends asked and more. But come Christmas morning Deja wakes up to one special surprise. 🎅🏿 I don’t normally review picture books, but I’ll read anything by the amazing Tiffany D. Jackson. Ever since this was announced I’ve been waiting to see if it was available on Edelweiss because Christmas is my favorite holiday just like Deja. I loved the representation in this book, as well as the setting. In many books depicting this holiday, Santa is shown visiting houses, not necessarily apartments or more populated areas. Santa in the City is a must buy for any classroom or library. Loved this holiday feel good book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    We are in the midst of a huge pause. The winter solstice 2021 was observed on December 21, 2021. Today, December 26, 2021 marks five more days before the new calendar year begins. Some seasonal holidays have been celebrated; preparations for others are still being made. It is as if everything and everyone are holding their collective breaths, waiting for what comes next. Every year there are children around the world who wonder if Santa Claus will be able to find them. They know the stories about We are in the midst of a huge pause. The winter solstice 2021 was observed on December 21, 2021. Today, December 26, 2021 marks five more days before the new calendar year begins. Some seasonal holidays have been celebrated; preparations for others are still being made. It is as if everything and everyone are holding their collective breaths, waiting for what comes next. Every year there are children around the world who wonder if Santa Claus will be able to find them. They know the stories about where he lives and his method of transportation. Perhaps, they have moved or live in more than one house or have no home at all. Santa In The City (Dial Books For Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, November 2, 2021) written by Tiffany D. Jackson with illustrations by Reggie Brown is about a little girl with multiple worries about Santa visiting her home. My full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Deja has lots of questions and doubts about how Santa gets to their house since they live in the city and don’t have a chimney. I don’t entirely know how I feel about this book. On the one hand, I love that it gives kids who don’t have a single family house in the suburbs with a fireplace a way to not feel left out from the story of Santa. I also love that it’s a Santa narrative that doesn’t center whiteness. However, I have always struggled with spinning the Santa story to kids in the form of l Deja has lots of questions and doubts about how Santa gets to their house since they live in the city and don’t have a chimney. I don’t entirely know how I feel about this book. On the one hand, I love that it gives kids who don’t have a single family house in the suburbs with a fireplace a way to not feel left out from the story of Santa. I also love that it’s a Santa narrative that doesn’t center whiteness. However, I have always struggled with spinning the Santa story to kids in the form of lying to them to get them to believe in magic that doesn’t exist as a way to manipulate them into behaving. So while I appreciate the inclusiveness of this story, I still remain dubious about upholding a narrative to kids that are starting to doubt his existence.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ettak

    Santa in the City by Tiffany D. Jackson is a sweet Christmas holiday book. In the days leading up to Christmas, Deja, a young girl from Brooklyn, begins to question the myth of Santa. Her family and other adults in her life keep the magic of Santa alive after she begins to have doubts. I simply adored the illustrations: cartoony, they look like a storyboard for a new children's holiday TV show. There are some Easter eggs (Christmas presents?) put in by the illustrator which made me happy. Santa in the City by Tiffany D. Jackson is a sweet Christmas holiday book. In the days leading up to Christmas, Deja, a young girl from Brooklyn, begins to question the myth of Santa. Her family and other adults in her life keep the magic of Santa alive after she begins to have doubts. I simply adored the illustrations: cartoony, they look like a storyboard for a new children's holiday TV show. There are some Easter eggs (Christmas presents?) put in by the illustrator which made me happy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Dial Books through Edelweiss+. Deja has many questions about Santa after hearing that her friends don't believe in him. She asks her mom a wide variety of them as they move through their day. Mom shows patience and a good deal of thought in her answers. Great book for families with children who are starting to ask their own questions. The thoughtful answers provided by Jackson are terrific discussion starters or worthwhile answers for complex questions. The illus I received an electronic ARC from Dial Books through Edelweiss+. Deja has many questions about Santa after hearing that her friends don't believe in him. She asks her mom a wide variety of them as they move through their day. Mom shows patience and a good deal of thought in her answers. Great book for families with children who are starting to ask their own questions. The thoughtful answers provided by Jackson are terrific discussion starters or worthwhile answers for complex questions. The illustrations capture the reality of city life and the whimsy of the Christmas season.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    At school, Deja’s friends tell her there is no Santa and plants questions in Deja’s mind. So, Deja goes home and begins to ask her family questions like how does Santa get into their apartment when they don’t have a chimney and how can Santa live at the North Pole when it is so cold. Her family answers her questions so that it all “Makes sense” to Deja. But she is still determined to see Santa, so she sneaks out into the living room on Christmas Eve. But she falls asleep. But never fear: Santa l At school, Deja’s friends tell her there is no Santa and plants questions in Deja’s mind. So, Deja goes home and begins to ask her family questions like how does Santa get into their apartment when they don’t have a chimney and how can Santa live at the North Pole when it is so cold. Her family answers her questions so that it all “Makes sense” to Deja. But she is still determined to see Santa, so she sneaks out into the living room on Christmas Eve. But she falls asleep. But never fear: Santa leaves a very special gift for her. A much needed addition to the Christmas story collection.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Roben

    Deja is worried. Worried that the things her classmates say about Santa. Worried that she doesn't have a chimney for Santa to climb down. But her mom assures her that "Magic always finds a way". Her loving family and neighborhood friends never laugh at her questions - the provide her with answers that, once she thinks about it, seem perfectly logical. But will Santa really be able to find her neighborhood in the city? There's only one way to find out! Deja is worried. Worried that the things her classmates say about Santa. Worried that she doesn't have a chimney for Santa to climb down. But her mom assures her that "Magic always finds a way". Her loving family and neighborhood friends never laugh at her questions - the provide her with answers that, once she thinks about it, seem perfectly logical. But will Santa really be able to find her neighborhood in the city? There's only one way to find out!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Heidrich

    3.5 rounded up to 4 Deja has a lot of questions about Santa and how he can come and find her in the city and her mom works to answer all of these. The repetition of one of her comments "Makes sense" would make it fun for kids to help read as well. A wonderful addition to a holiday book selection. Absolutely love the illustrations! Video of Tiffany D. Jackson reading this cook herself: https://youtu.be/KmA-zr2T2ks 3.5 rounded up to 4 Deja has a lot of questions about Santa and how he can come and find her in the city and her mom works to answer all of these. The repetition of one of her comments "Makes sense" would make it fun for kids to help read as well. A wonderful addition to a holiday book selection. Absolutely love the illustrations! Video of Tiffany D. Jackson reading this cook herself: https://youtu.be/KmA-zr2T2ks

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I love a picture book that talks about Santa's adventures from the perspective of a kid living in a big apartment building without a fireplace. When we talked about moving when I was a kid, I was insistent that the new place have a fireplace for Santa to come in because that's how all the movies and stories say it happens. The writing was okay, but maybe I'm just used Jackson's teen gut-punching thrillers over a warm picture book. I love a picture book that talks about Santa's adventures from the perspective of a kid living in a big apartment building without a fireplace. When we talked about moving when I was a kid, I was insistent that the new place have a fireplace for Santa to come in because that's how all the movies and stories say it happens. The writing was okay, but maybe I'm just used Jackson's teen gut-punching thrillers over a warm picture book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    What a great picture book! So growing up, I didn't really believe in Santa but I was always curious about how people could believe in him. My family was living in the house without the chimney and figuring out creative places to put the stockings and everything. I think this book answers the questions of little curious minds and curious minds to come. What a great picture book! So growing up, I didn't really believe in Santa but I was always curious about how people could believe in him. My family was living in the house without the chimney and figuring out creative places to put the stockings and everything. I think this book answers the questions of little curious minds and curious minds to come.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Coco Harris

    Loved this new Children’s book! Deja has lots of questions regarding the logistics of how Santa could possibly be real & visit city kids. Thus, her family and community help her by explaining their answers to her inquiries. The illustrations were absolutely beautiful and captured the Christmas spirit! Highly recommend!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Deja lives in a big city and when her friends tell her that there isn't really a Santa Claus, she has a lot of questions that need to be answered. This is a delightful picture book that gives a very practical explanation of how Santa makes the magic happen. Add this to the list of must-read Christmas picture books for the updated low-down on Santa. Deja lives in a big city and when her friends tell her that there isn't really a Santa Claus, she has a lot of questions that need to be answered. This is a delightful picture book that gives a very practical explanation of how Santa makes the magic happen. Add this to the list of must-read Christmas picture books for the updated low-down on Santa.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Too much not believing in Santa stuff and not enough feeling/tone of Christmas magic. Love the Black Santa and great representation in this book, though. I really wish the author didn't include in her bio that she stopped believing in Santa when she was 11. That sort of defeats that whole message of the book. Too much not believing in Santa stuff and not enough feeling/tone of Christmas magic. Love the Black Santa and great representation in this book, though. I really wish the author didn't include in her bio that she stopped believing in Santa when she was 11. That sort of defeats that whole message of the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bethe

    Tiffany Jackson writes excellent YA books, her entry into picture book world is just as good! Deja has lots of questions about Santa, her friends are non believers, but her adults come through with some makes sense answers. “With magic, you will always find a way.”

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Deja has so very many questions about Santa Claus. After exhausting the usual ones, she goes on and on. Pictures are of city dwellers. May entertain precocious questioners, especially those on the edge of believing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shadene

    Just an absolute pleasure to read about a young girl who begins to question the existence of Santa and how she regained that belief and innocence. The adults in this story were the greatest. And the illustrations and representation were everything. 100% recommend for the little ones in your life.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    Yes to a Christmas book that doesn't feature a white family that has a mom and dad and live in a single family home in the suburbs. Young Deja has a lot of questions about the authenticity of Santa (and thank you for the African American Santa!) and everything that goes along with his magic. Yes to a Christmas book that doesn't feature a white family that has a mom and dad and live in a single family home in the suburbs. Young Deja has a lot of questions about the authenticity of Santa (and thank you for the African American Santa!) and everything that goes along with his magic.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ms Threlkeld

    I appreciate the fact that this Santa story takes place in a city, which isn’t typical, and answers lots of questions kids may have, but I can’t get past how many lies all the adults tell. Yikes! We never peddled the idea of Santa to our child for this very reason.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Super sweet. I just wish the author didn't use the word "ain't". Super sweet. I just wish the author didn't use the word "ain't".

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