Last Stop On The Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-Tuck & Karl James Mountford

I first saw Last Stop On The Reindeer Express at the Frankfurt Book Fair last year and loved Karl James Mountford’s beautiful illustrations with their cutouts and flaps. This wonderful, festive, magical adventure is full of love and warmth and helps children understand that sometimes families may have to spend the Christmas season apart.

Last Stop On The Reindeer Express - Story SnugThe Story: Mia has made Daddy a card but as he’s away Mum says that he won’t get it in time for Christmas. While she’s at the Christmas Market Mia discovers a mysterious postbox. She turns the knob on the front and discovers The Reindeer Express. A magical reindeer ride follows until deep in the mountains they discover a small lodge which smells of Christmas…

The Reindeer Express is reached through a mysterious postbox and time in the real world stands still as Mia makes her magical journey over the sea, above a big city and on to the snowy mountains where she personally delivers her card to Daddy before flying back to spend Christmas alone with Mum.

Cutouts and flaps to lift lead us through the story as we follow Mia on her reindeer journey. It’s a journey that leads to precious time with Daddy and gives Mia the comfort she needs before Christmas. Mia flies through a variety of landscapes before arriving at her destination and we love the muted colours of the illustrations and the way that different senses are evoked in the text. Daddy smells just like the Christmas Market.

Karl James Mountford’s beautiful illustrations with their muted earthy tones add festive warmth to the story. My daughter loves the ‘Info Squirrel’ with his little satchel and I love the spread when Mia waves goodbye to Daddy and realises that lots of children can’t be with their loved ones at Christmas.

This sturdy hardback book with its gorgeous cutout cover and thick creamy pages would make a lovely Christmas present for a child who may be spending the Christmas season apart from a special family member or friend.

Age Range: 4 +

Author: Maudie Powell-Tuck / Illustrator: Karl James Mountford

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending us a review copy of this gorgeous, gorgeous book.

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26 thoughts on “Last Stop On The Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-Tuck & Karl James Mountford

  1. Hi Catherine, as an adult it makes me sad that anyone has to spend Christmas apart from their loved ones, but that’s life and it happens. This book would be great comfort to a child who is apart from a loved one at this family orientated time of year. I love the description ‘smells of Christmas’, There can’t be many people who don’t have a smell that reminds them of Christmas.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


    • It is sad that some children can’t spend Christmas with a parent and we know military families where this can be the case, a book like this can help younger children realise that they’re not alone in this situation.

      ‘Smells of Christmas’ conjures up all sorts of warm, wonderful aromas doesn’t it 🙂

  2. What a magical book. I love the flap type books as they make the story just that little more exciting. I am sure this lovely story will be a great comfort for little ones who will be missing a parent at Christmas 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Hope to see you Monday x

    • The flaps are perfectly integrated into the illustrations and give intriguing little peeks into the next page of the story 🙂

      We know several military families and a parent is often away, this would make a great Christmas present for the children in these families.

  3. I really want to get this one for my lot! The front cover alone looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

    • It’s especially hard for children to understand if a parent has to be away at a special time and we love the way that Last Stop On The Reindeer Express can help them to understand that they’re not alone 🙂

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