Santa’s Worst Christmas

Book Author & Illustrator Huia Publishers & Isobel Joy Te Aho-White
Rights Available World excl. NZ

There are just a few days to go before Christmas, and everyone’s busy putting up decorations, preparing food and getting ready for the big day. Then comes the shock news – Santa’s cancelled Christmas. Santa had so many disasters last year that he can’t face it again, and he’s quit. The elves try everything, but they can’t get him to change his mind.

In this Aotearoa Christmas picture book, the kids come up with a clever plan and amazing gadgets to get Christmas back on and Santa back in the sleigh delivering presents.

About the Author
This book has been written by a team at Huia Publishers. HUIA has talented staff who are experienced in producing notable children’s books.

The illustrator is Isobel Joy Te Aho-White (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu) who is a freelance graphic artist and illustrator. Isobel studied design at the Whanganui School of Design and Massey University and uses both digital and traditional media. She specialises in symbolism and metaphor, and her work is influenced by mythology and folk tales, botanical illustration and life experience.


Huia Publishers


235 mm x 235 mm



Picture Books

Age range
4-8 years

Publication Date
October 2019

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

Rights Agents:


Eboni Waitere

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Bursting with joy and packed with unique writing ideas — from hilarious letters to Santa to alarming newspaper articles — this book will appeal to both young readers and the more sophisticated Santa fans. The vivid illustrations are packed with detail, and are sure to lead to new laughs every time this book is read.

Judges Comments, NZCYA 2020