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The Wild Christmas Reindeer

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,850 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Little Teeka thought she had to be firm with the reindeer to get them ready for Santa's important flight, but when her bossy yelling only got their antlerstangled up, she knew she had to try something different."Beautifully conceived and finely wrought." -- Booklist (starred review)"Brett's precise, glowing illustrations, drawing on Swedish folk art, make this a beguiling ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 5th 1998 by Puffin Books (first published 1990)
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True Rating: 4.5 Stars

The illustrations in the book is marvelous and it looks like it could have been paintings because the effort they put into the details and marking off the days till Christmas on the sides is absolutely brilliant and spectacular all around. If I had to write a review for this book solely on the illustrations it would automatically be 5 Stars material but unfortunately the story tells a complete different stor
Dec 10, 2008 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and parents who need to speak more gently and kindly
Shelves: children, fairy-tales
Jan Brett is one of those children's book illustrators whose work is instantly recognizable. I can't think of any artist I've seen attempt to imitate his (her?) uniquely Scandinavian style. He/She uses dark outlines to set off the major figures and objects, but then uses finely brushed detail in blossoming colors to draw the viewer into the paintings. The margins and borders are always richly ornamented, and often contain tidbits and scenes that amount to a mini story in themselves. In this Chri ...more
Dec 09, 2011 Penny rated it it was amazing
I've heard a lot of thoughts on this book, and a lot of mixed opinions. Personally, I love this book. It's been a favorite for years. We'll bring it out and read it every year without a doubt!

I've seen a lot of people try and describe the meaning of this book. Many people seem to think that it's about how to treat animals, but I think they're missing the point. Teeka is so determined that she's going to show Santa how wonderful she is at bringing the reindeer in that she just tries too hard. Ins
Oct 06, 2011 Jacki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wild Christmas Reindeer is a picturebook written for Primary readers.

The book tells the story of a young child chosen by Santa to round up the reindeer needed to help fly his sleigh Christmas Eve. The reindeer have been running wild since the previous Christmas which makes for a difficult time getting them to behave.

The Wild Christmas Reindeer is not a traditional Christmas book. While the setting is the North Pole and there are reindeer to pull Santa's sleigh, there is no reference to Dash
Dec 24, 2015 Bekah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad I found this book in time for Christmas Eve! I remember loving this story as a child, but haven't read it in a good two decades. The story is lovely, short and sweet, but the real magic is in the glorious illustrations. The amount of detail and artistic flair is enough to make you want to reread the story every year, finding something you didn't notice before.
Jul 26, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
The Wild Christmas Reindeer
Jan Brett, author and illustrator

Categories/Genres for class fulfilled by this book: Picture Book

Age – interest: Grades K-3

Age – reading level: 4.3

Fiction or Non-fiction: Fiction

Brief description: Teeka discovers the best way to get Santa's reindeer ready for Christmas Eve.
2 characteristics of this genre / subgenre and how they appear in this book:

Characteristic #1: Very simple stories for ages 2-5 familiar to a child’s everyday life. This book focuses on theme th
Nov 27, 2014 Laurie rated it it was ok
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Dec 02, 2009 Hannah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Christmas!
Shelves: comfort-books
As Christmas draws closer, I remember this well loved (and much read) book from my teenaged daughter's childhood.

Lovely, beautiful illustrations and a charming story. I would recommend this for any parent of a 3-10 year old (and maybe older!) for family Christmas reading. My well-worn copy will be coming out of storage very soon!
Jan 28, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, christmas
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Katelyn Youngblood
Oct 17, 2014 Katelyn Youngblood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
It's always so fun to stumble across a book that was read to you when you were a child. I had forgotten all about this book until the other day! I felt like a little girl all over again. This book is a classic Christmas book for kids of all ages. Through the energetic reindeer and amazing Christmas themed artwork on every page, there's no way little children wouldn't like it. Each page is so detailed with the little things of Christmas that it puts you into the best Holiday Spirit. The overall m ...more
Jill Wolf
Mar 27, 2016 Jill Wolf rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Picture Book #23
This book is about a girl/elf named Teeka who was put in charge by Santa to get all of the reindeer ready to go for Christmas Eve. She decides that she needs to be stern in order for the reindeer to get back to the village from the forest and for them to be ready for Christmas Eve. Each day, things seem to continually get worse for Teeka and the reindeer. It isn't until Teeka becomes more sensative and calm that the reindeer begin to work together. On Christmas Eve, the reindeer
Title: The Wild Christmas Reindeer

Author: Jan Brett

Genre: Children’s

Challenges: PB & J Challenge, 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge, A to Z Reading Challenge, The Year Of Readers – 2009, Pages Read Challenge, Young Reader's Challenge 2009, Read a Book a Month Challenge, Summer Vacation Reading Challenge 2009, Summer Reading Challenge 2009, 2009 Support Your Local Library, 20 Books in 2009, 100+ Reading Challenge – 2009, Christmas in July, What an Animal II, August Reading Challenge

Rating: 4/5
Rosa Cline
Dec 21, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, christmas
This book is more 'longer' than some of the other Jan Brett books so although my granddaughter is advanced she did start getting bored with the story before we were finished although the story was a very nicely written one. And as always the illustrations are absolutely wonderful! If you buy or check out any of Jan Brett's books the illustrations alone always tell the story even without the written text. So those are worth the time for this book.
Ellen Allerton
Oct 19, 2014 Ellen Allerton rated it it was amazing
Love this book for pre-school on up. The illusrations, as always with Bret, tell one story along with the words while the side bar illustrations tell a parrellel story. Christmas is coming and Teeka learns about how to get things things done through cooporation, team work, kindness and compassion. The elves also have their struggles and everything comes off perfectly just in time for Christmas. Beautiful uniquely Scandinavian illustraions.
I love Brett's illustrations and Logan really likes poring over the details in them. This isn't one of our favorites though in terms of the story. Teeka, one of Santa's elves, is scheduled to be the one to re-tame the reindeer this year after they've spent all year running wild. The thing is, she has no idea how to treat animals. She decided to be "firm," which means she spends the majority of the book yelling at them, tugging the around, combing them too hard, and not paying any attention to th ...more
Jan 05, 2014 Jaimie rated it really liked it
Brett channels the hectic atmosphere of the pre-Christmas North Pole through the story of the young girl, Teeka, who must make sure that the reindeer are trained and ready to fly for Christmas Eve. Teeka has never trained the reindeer before (who's bright idea was it to leave a kid in charge?!?!), but as she learns how to work with the animals she endears herself to the readers through her patience and humility. What makes this book a Christmas classic though are Brett's intricate illustrations. ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children and adults alike
LOVE Jan Brett and LOVE the illustrations in this book. This one is a book my children ask for time and time again - Christmas season or not. A story about Santa's helper that lacks confidence, tries too hard, and learns that to love and serve is better than to do it for the accolades.
Kaylyn Bud
Feb 05, 2015 Kaylyn Bud rated it really liked it
I liked this book and thought it taught a good lesson about controlling your temper. It teaches us that there is no need to raise our voices at others. It also teaches that when we do raise our voices, it doesn't fix problems, but makes things more complicated.
Andrew Lovell
Pictures are 5 stars, The text was 2 stars. I enjoyed the lesson taught on using kind words when in an argument instead of yelling and shouting. However, the book for me was just a bunch of random reindeer names that i couldn't keep straight and a uninteresting plot.
Meagan Pack
Oct 16, 2014 Meagan Pack rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holiday-books
I love this book! I used to read it all the time as a kid! I love how the reindeer have their own personalities and end up working together along with Teeka to get ready to pull Santa's sled. Great pictures! Such a fun book.
Dec 07, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it
Jan Brett's beautiful paintings illustrate this sweet story of a little elf who tries to force things to perfection, but learns that love and kindness work easier and quicker than all the pushing and shouting ever do.
Nov 16, 2015 MJ rated it liked it
(3-23-2000) Alissa liked it when Teeka and the reindeer made friends.

(9-18-1999)We were so tired from Alissa's 5th birthday party at Rose Hill that we only read 2 pages. Then we fell asleep.
Sherri Anderson
Nov 07, 2014 Sherri Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this book is the artwork. It is sensational. The story has a moral lesson and is a new take on an old tale. We loved reading it and enjoyed each painting.
Kirsten Denny
Nov 28, 2012 Kirsten Denny rated it it was amazing
The Wild Christmas Reindeer was a Christams gift to me on my first Christmas. Every year since then, I have read it or had it read to me. The pictures in this book make every reindeer look different and portray a magical scene of the North Pole. One fun thing that I think makes this book extra special are the pictures that are included in the book that show what the Elves are working on every day that leads up to Christmas. For example, on December 13th, it shows the Elves building dolls or on D ...more
Dec 25, 2015 Jack rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-g-4
Ms. Brett's illustrations are wonderfully detailed and the side panels add to the story depth. An enjoyable Christmas story about helping with love and tenderness.
Nov 07, 2014 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a nice story, but the best part is the artwork. The pages are filled with both art of the story and of other things going on at the North Pole.
Jan 14, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, christmas, 2012
We borrowed a kit from our local library which included this audiocassette, narrated by Randye Kaye and a paperback book with ISBN 0698116526. We'd had this one on hold for over a month and it just came in. Unfortunately, the book was missing the first few pages, but we still enjoyed listening to the story and catching up with the book when we could. The story was good, but as always, Jan Brett's illustrations are amazing. We enjoyed listening to this story together.
Nov 21, 2015 Olivia rated it liked it
This is a cute story about an elf getting Santa's reindeer ready for their big night and the moral is patience.
Kathleen Garber
Dec 28, 2008 Kathleen Garber rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
This is a very sweet story about a girl who lives near the North Pole who's job it is to collect the reindeer from the wild and teach them how to work together to pull Santa's sleigh. It's refreshing to have a different kind of Christmas story. Although Santa is in this book, he's not in it till the very end and the focus is on the girl. I love that on each page, their is a sidebar with a countdown to Christmas, showing elves doing various jobs to make toys. I think my daughter loved looking at ...more
Mary Sesar
Dec 15, 2011 Mary Sesar rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl named Teeka who is in charge of getting Santa's reindeer together and trained by Christmas eve so that Santa can deliver presents. She starts by being aggressive and tough with the reindeer and the reindeer do not take well to her behavior. In the end when she apologizes and approaches the reindeer in a nicer way, the reindeer behave and work with Teeka to be ready for Santa.
I would use this book, not only because it's holiday themed, but also because it could teach chi
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With over thirty three million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I reme
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