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Children's Cristmas picture book Dasher Cant
Dasher Can't Wait for Christmas
Written and illustrated by Matt Tavares

National Indie Bestseller

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on rooftop and Christmas time

delivering toys with santa on Christmas eve

"If you ever get lost, just look for the North Star."

With only one sleep left before Christmas Eve, Dasher can't contain her excitement for her favorite holiday. With the sound of Christmas carols on the breeze and twinkling lights radiating from a nearby city, she sneaks off to visit the festivities. But as night deepens and snow starts to fall, Dasher realizes she can no longer spot the North Star in the sky to lead her home. Will the kindness of a child, an unexpected gift, and a dose of Christmas spirit get her back in time to help guide Santa's sleigh? The New York Times best-selling creator of Dasher has crafted another delightful journey featuring everyone's favorite reindeer doe, in a story full of giving, joy, and holiday magic.

Matt Tavares's sequel to the New York Times best-selling Dasher is a joyful ode to helping others, and another holiday classic in the making.


"This story is another adventure for Dasher, and it does not disappoint... The illustrations may appear simple, but they are not to be underestimated. The reindeer look incredibly authentic. Dasher displays subtle expressions, from inquisitive, to exhausted, and then grateful as she leaves her helper. Children of all ages will enjoy this special story for years to come... A must-have for the holidays."
-School Library Journal

"Tavares returns with another Christmas treat for readers...  This happy ending fits the book's overall gentle, celebratory tone, which is enhanced by painterly digital illustrations in a realistic style that somehow feels simultaneously nostalgic and current... Christmas-book lovers should dash to add this one to their shelves."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Sure to be a new classic... this is a treasure!"
-Christopher Rose,
Andover Bookstore

"Come for Tavares' trademark amazing illustrations, but stay for the sweet story that is equal parts eager, tender, and kind. Coming up with an endearing, organic sequel to a bestselling book is never an easy feat, and it is doubly hard for a holiday book, but Tavares has done it with Dasher Can't Wait for Christmas."
-Paul Swyden,
Silver Unicorn Bookstore

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DASHER CAN'T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS. Illustrations copyright 2023 Matt Tavares. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Inc., Somerville, MA.