Written by Kiel Murray, Illustrated by Disney Storybook Artists
Disney Press, 2009
The morning sun sparkled on the snow in Radiator Springs. Mater the tow truck rushed over to Flo’s, carrying a letter. “Y’all finished your lists to Santa Car, right?” he asked.
Who saves Christmas? Mater, the tow truck
What do they save it from? That rotten Chick Hicks
When Mater goes to mail his letter to Santa Car, Chick Hicks (Lightning McQueen’s chief competitor) teases him about still believing in Santa Car. Sheriff shows up to let everyone know that gas is being stolen all along Route 66. Mater realizes this means mail trucks won’t be able to get their letters to Santa Car. He volunteers to drive to the North Pole and Lightning agrees to come along with him. Filled up with some home brew gas from Fillmore and extra gear from Guido, the two head north. But at the North Pole, they learn that all the reindeer have been stolen. Lightning realizes that Chick Hicks has stolen the reindeer and all the gas, in order to make his own magic flying fuel. Santa Car fills their tanks with flying fuel so they can fly home and stop Chick. When they get home, Lightning chases Chick off a cliff and Doc tells Mater to tow him straight to jail. The captive reindeer are released and Santa asks Mater to help him deliver the presents.
If your little one is a fan of Pixar’s Cars movies, this should be on your holiday ‘to read’ list. There are lots of fun car jokes peppered throughout, including a few creatively rewritten holiday songs, such as ‘All I want for Christmas is my two front tires.” As with the movies, there are other cute touches, as well, such as the North Pole being located on Historic Route 25. The artwork is wonderful, with Santa Car depicted as a gleaming red classic Rolls Royce-like luxury car, with a fur trimmed red hood. The plot is cute, but nothing really special. I’d recommend this mostly for those who already love these characters.
And what did we learn? What I take away from this book is that being willing to go the distance for your friends often carries its own rewards.