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Penguin Random House
"How to Catch Santa" is by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish.

"HOW TO CATCH SANTA," by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 32 pages (ages 4-8)

From Jean Reagan, the Utah author of New York Times best-selling books "How to Babysit a Grandpa" and "How to Babysit a Grandma," comes another adorable and fun how-to story for the holidays in "How to Catch Santa."

Using her hilarious and clever instructional style, Reagan, along with illustrator Lee Wildish, offers helpful advice for the child set on catching Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

Mixing some old favorites (leaving cookies and carrots for Santa and his reindeer) with some fresh suggestions (leaving riddles, thank-you notes and gifts), Reagan brings a fun and warm holiday spirit to readers.

With instructions from two children, "How to Catch Santa" helps readers consider Christmas Eve preparation and Santa Claus' job in some new ways. Reagan encourages children to be clever and crafty but also gentle and kind.

Catching Santa doesn't necessarily mean catching a glimpse of him. Reagan also includes clever ideas on how readers can know if and where Santa has passed through their homes.

The instructions, paired with Wildish's adorable illustrations, make "How to Catch Santa" a fun addition to any home and family anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus this year.

If you go ...

What: Story time with Jean Reagan

When: Thursday, Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Millcreek Library, 2266 E. Evergreen Ave, East Millcreek

Web: jeanreagan.com, leewildish.com

Also ...

When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m.

Where: The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Web: kingsenglish.com

Note: Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of the featured book from The King's English.

Also ...

What: Jean Reagan book signing

When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m.

Where: Bloomingsales, 1358 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City

Hikari Loftus is a graduate of the University of Utah. She blogs at FoldedPagesDistillery.blogspot.com.