The Little Reindeer

Illustrated by Nicola Killen
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About The Book

“An original and entertaining Christmas story with its own understated charm.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A quietly magical tale of holiday miracles and nighttime adventure.” —Publishers Weekly

“Killen works magic through simplicity in this understated holiday story…A perfect bedtime read; little ones will cozy up to this sweet book and drift off on their own reindeer-fueled flights of fancy.” —Booklist

“An elegant book that has a calming effect; a perfect holiday bedtime story.” —School Library Journal


An enchanting Christmas story about a magical yet unlikely friendship between a little girl and a lost reindeer sure to be a Christmas classic lovingly told and illustrated with red foil highlights and interactive die cuts.

When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl’s dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. They set off on a magical adventure and it becomes a Christmas never to forget. Nicola Killen’s evocative illustrations are sure to enchant in this beautiful book with die cut pages, foil, and flashes of festive red.

About The Author

Nicola Killen has always loved drawing and still likes nothing better than taking her sketchbook to the zoo to draw her favorite animals: rhinos and penguins. She designed cards before starting an MA in children’s book illustration at Cambridge School of Art, and since then she has been working on her own books.  Her most recent book is The Little Reindeer, which was called “entertaining…a perfect bedtime read” in a starred review by Kirkus Reviews and “magical” by Publishers Weekly. The Little Reindeer was named a Horn Book Holiday High Note. Nicola Killen lives and works in Cambridge, England.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September 2017)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481486866
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

Raves and Reviews

*"An original and entertaining Christmas story with its own understated charm. " Kirkus Reviews, starred review

– Kirkus Reviews *STARRED REVIEW, September 1, 2017

"This will be an ideal family readaloud in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas, whether or not the ground is blanketed with fresh snow." -- BCCB

– BCCB, October 2017

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