A cat nap saves Christmas.
Sammy Claws is Santa’s pet, and “he liked nothing better than having a snooze / in a box…or a cupboard…or snuggled in shoes.” While sleeping, he dreams of accompanying Santa on his Christmas Eve voyage. This dream comes true when Sammy Claws falls asleep in a box that gets wrapped up and put on the sleigh, making him an inadvertent stowaway, with the cartoon-style art showing his tail and scarf poking out of the box. Although he’s alarmed to awaken and find himself trapped in a box while flying through the air as Santa travels from place to place, it turns out he’s in just the right place at the right time to thwart a scheming pair of robbers who also sneak onto Santa’s sleigh and decide to make their move when Santa gets out “at a big castle (somewhere south of France).” The locale seems specified for no reason other than to lend support to a rhyme; and then in another contrivance, at this convenient point in the story Sammy Claws is suddenly able to free himself and spring from the wrapped box to attack the burglars, foiling their plans and ushering in police who haul the robbers away. Relieved, Santa, who presents white, invites Sammy to accompany him on his journey, delivering a happy ending to a story that doesn’t really feel as though it’s earned it.
A story with wrappings that are just too loose. (Picture book. 3-6)