From the creators of An Aussie Christmas Gum Tree, Jackie Hosking’s lyrical rhymes and Nathaniel Eckstrom’s charming illustrations are the perfect match to get you into the Christmas spirit.

It’s Christmas Eve but Santa is stuck in a gum tree! How will he deliver the presents?
Luckily, an enthusiastic cast of Aussie animals are up for the challenge. But despite their Christmas spirit, unsticking Santa is harder than they thought! Maybe they need a new plan …


Jackie Hosking is a Nigerian-born Cornish Australian who moved to Australia when she was ten. Jackie began writing for children after completing a creative writing course at her local community house in a seaside town off The Great Ocean Road in Victoria. In 2012 she was awarded a Maurice Saxby Mentorship and in 2011 she mentored a Maurice Saxby Mentee on writing in rhyme. Her picture book The Croc and the Platypus was published by Walker Books Australia in 2014, followed by An Amazing Australian Road Trip in 2021. In 2019 Jackie was awarded a May Gibbs Creative Time Fellowship where she spent a month in Canberra. Jackie loves to write in rhyme and when she’s not writing in rhyme she enjoys helping others with their rhyme.

Nathaniel Eckstrom is an illustrator based in Sydney, Australia. He has worked on a number of children’s picture books including Stubborn Stanley, The Hole Idea, Roadtrip and The Dress-Box. His previous titles with Walker Books include Duck!, written by Meg McKinlay, and Ten Little Figs, written by Rhian Williams.

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