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Book #3 of Elf Academy
Illustrated by Sernur Isik


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About The Book

The Elf Academy elves throw a surprise party for Santa in this third book in a series about a young elf’s merry misadventures, part of the Aladdin QUIX line of fun-to-read, short chapter books that’s perfect for emerging readers!

The elves decide to throw a super-duper surprise party for Santa, complete with gifts, treats, and decorations! Andy Snowden has a million and one ideas to make the party the best one ever. What could possibly go wrong?


Chapter 1: December 26

1 December 26

It was the morning of the day after Christmas.

Santa’s Christmas Eve ride was over, and it had been magical. A full moon and bright stars had lit the sky for the last part of the journey, making it easy to see the way back home to the North Pole.

Santa and the reindeer had traveled over thirty-nine million miles to deliver just the right toys to kids everywhere. And even now Santa was…
  • sleepy.
  • tired.
  • pooped.

Santa slumped in his chair at the kitchen table across from Mrs. Claus.

His eyes were half closed. His head was nodding up and down.

“Maybe you should take a nap,” Mrs. Claus suggested.

“That’s a… yawn… good… yawn… idea,” Santa said. “Yawn.”

He stood up, walked over to an overstuffed chair near the living room fireplace, and plopped down in it. He fell asleep faster than a melting snowflake.

“Zzzzzzzz… zzzzzz…”

Over at Reindeer Ranch, Molly, her twin brother, Wally, and the other reindeer were yawning too.

After all, they’d also made quite a trip around the globe helping Santa deliver toys. Flying through the night sky while pulling Santa’s heavy sleigh was tiring.

Roger, the rancher at Reindeer Ranch, was taking good care of them; he gave each one a soft pillow, a fluffy blanket, and a healthy, leafy green snack.

And faster than two melting snowflakes, they were all asleep.

About The Author

Photo Credit:

Alan Katz has been a print and television comedy writer for more than twenty years. In addition to being a multiple Emmy nominee for his work on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and Disney’s Raw Toonage, he has written for children’s programming on Nickelodeon, ABC Television, Warner Bros. Animation’s Taz-Mania, and many others. Alan is the author of several adult humor books, humorous essays for The New York Times and other publications, and books for young readers. Alan lives in Weston, Connecticut, with his journalist wife, Rose, and their children Simone, Andrew, Nathan, and David. Visit him online at

About The Illustrator

Sernur Isik is an Istanbul-based illustrator and designer specializing in children’s books and all things lovely. She studied graphic design at Atatürk University of Fine Arts then worked as an illustrator for a children’s television company in Istanbul and as visual art director and character designer at a theme park. Sernur works with several different publishers creating works for children’s books and other children’s media. She also designs little sculptures using clay and ceramics that are included in exhibitions throughout the United States. Sernur loves traveling around the world and creating new stories and characters inspired by places she’s visited.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Aladdin (September 20, 2022)
  • Length: 80 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534467941
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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