The multi-award-winning duo of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen tackle a perennial question: how does Santa go down the chimney?

When Santa arrives at a child’s house on Christmas Eve, does he go down the chimney feetfirst or headfirst? What if he gets stuck? What if there’s no chimney? Maybe he slides under the door, as thin as a piece of paper? Or is it possible he pours himself through the tap? What happens once he’s inside?

Mac Barnett’s iconic talent for earnest deadpan humour and Jon Klassen’s irresistibly funny art honour this timeless question with answers both ridiculous and plausible, mounting in hilarity as the night continues. Channeling a child’s fanciful explanations, this latest collaboration by a bestselling team will find a secure spot among family Christmas traditions.


Mac Barnett is the author of many picture books including Chloe and the Lion and Guess Again! which TIME Magazine named the no. 2 Picture Book of the year. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Two of his collaborations with Jon Klassen, Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, have won the Caldecott Honor. He is also the author of The Shape Trilogy, illustrated by Jon Klassen, A Polar Bear in the Snow, illustrated by Shawn Harris and Twenty Questions, illustrated by Christian Robinson. He lives in California, USA. Find Mac online at and as @macbarnett on Twitter and Instagram.

Jon Klassen is the bestselling author and illustrator of The Skull, The Rock from the Sky, I Want My Hat Back, We Found a Hat, and This Is Not My Hat, which won the Caldecott Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the illustrator of The Shape Trilogy, written by Mac Barnett, and Extra Yarn, also written by Mac Barnett, which received a Caldecott Honor. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Jon worked as an illustrator for feature animated films and now lives in Los Angeles, USA. Find him online as @jonklassen on Instagram and @burstofbeaden on Twitter.


A very funny look at something we all know about, supported by hilarious illustrations showing a quizzical Santa and bemused reindeer pondering the questions raised in the story…A great introduction to that time of the year and a funny book to ponder and discuss, How does Santa go down the chimney? is a book to be savoured



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