It's Christmas time again and Sykes's noisy, jovial Santa (Shhh!) returns, embarking upon a whole new succession of misadventures. This time, Santa's troubles begin when his alarm clock does not go off, causing him to oversleep. The race is on to see if he can manage to save Christmas by delivering all his presents by morning. Accompanied by animal friends, and spurred on by their cries of ""Hurry, Santa,"" the affable but slightly harried old gnome stumbles through several mishaps as he endeavors to get dressed, round up his reindeer, and deliver the presents. Children will sympathize with Santa, whose efforts to hurry are frequently misunderstood by the well-meaning animals. When Santa gets scolded by the owl for playing (all he's done is interrupt the reindeer's snowball fight), the beleaguered Santa wails, ""But I wasn't playing!"" Santa's fumbles as he hurries through the night are cheerfully brought to life through Warnes's expressive, lively illustrations; whimsical figures, rich colors, and lighthearted illustrations complement the frenetic tale. The humorous antics of the intrepid Santa make for a wonderfully silly holiday story.