By Caroline Crowe

Having two small children at home I read a lot of picture books and this one was a real treat! A unique, feel-good and clever Christmas story which I’m sure will help keep the magic alive for some children just a bit longer.

The big red suit was ironed and ready. The elves had stuffed the final teddy, when from the bathroom came a yelp, ‘Ho Ho, oh no! Quick, someone HELP!’. When Santa accidentally shaves off his famous beard, the elves all rally round to help. Can they glue it back on? Maybe the answer is whipped cream or candyfloss.

Or perhaps it’s mashed potato . . .

Will they be able to sort him out before Christmas Eve? Things are not looking too good until the littlest elf has a bright idea! Festive and fun, this is destined to become a seasonal favourite.

Santa’s New Beard is available in paperback for £6.99.