The Chaos Before Christmas

Book Author & Illustrator Sarina Dickson & Lily Emo
Rights Available World excl. NZ

Tis the run up to Christmas
and there is so much to do!
At Elf School we are learning
how we can help too.

Elroy McChristmas and his friends are about to sit their final test before Santa decides the best job for each elf. But when it’s time to show off their skills, the classroom erupts into chaos! Can Elroy and his classmates restore calm before Santa arrives?

With the rhyming style of Clement C. Moore’s classic A Night Before Christmas, this timeless tale will take you on a thrilling adventure to Elf School.

About the Author
Sarina Dickson
 is a #1 bestselling writer, artist and educator. She has enjoyed a varied and creative working life, which has led to connections and collaborations with experts in publishing, mental health and wellness, education, illustration, printing, video production, public art, book design, disaster relief and tertiary research. Her writing has been highly commended in the Scribbles Creative Writing Awards. You can find Sarina on Instagram @Creating_In_The_Cracks.

Lily Emo is an award winning illustrator living in New Zealand and spends her time juggling the demands of an illustration/art career and freelancing as a graphic designer and relief art teaching. Lily works with a range of mediums – from Procreate and photoshop to more traditional mediums like watercolour, gouache, graphite and coloured pencil. You can find out more at or on Instagram @lily.emo.


Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand


250 x 250mm



Picture Book

Age range
2-7 years

Publication Date

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

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