Cover image for Uncles and antlers / by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Brian Floca.
Uncles and antlers / by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Brian Floca.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"A Richard Jackson Book."
Once a year, every year, the seven uncles gather. Shaggy coats/ scarves of red/ Two tall antlers/ on each head. Is it their niece they've come to see? Surely, yes. Is it their job they've come to do? Most definitely. And is she eager to join in the fun? Absolutely!
Audience/Reading Level:
Ages 4-8.
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WHE Book Easy Collection

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Grab the reins of this Christmas counting story starring eight wacky reindeer who make up a happy family--and help Santa fly his sleigh--illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca.

Shaggy coats,
scarves of red.
Two tall antlers
on each head.

Get in the holiday spirit and count from one to eight in this playful tribute to a team of reindeer relatives, each quirky and fun, who help a certain jolly old man bring delight to children each year.

Author Notes

Lisa Wheeler has written many books for children, including The Pet Project , illustrated by Zachariah OHora; Spinster Goose , illustrated by Sophie Blackall; and People Don't Bite People and People Share with People , both illustrated by Molly Idle. She lives with her family in Addison, Michigan. Visit her online at

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Locomotive , winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 , a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship , also a Sibert Honor Book; and Racecar Alphabet , an ALA Notable Children's Book. He has illustrated Avi's Poppy Stories, Kate Messner's Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring , a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The holidays just aren't holidays without relatives, and Octavia the reindeer has them in spades: seven unique uncles who come from all corners of the world to join her each Christmas at the North Pole. But this family isn't just swapping stories and presents, they pull Santa's sleigh. Kids may wonder what has happened to Rudolph and the gang, but the more familiar team won't be missed for long. Wheeler's (Turk and Runt) kicky rhyming text and Floca's (The Racecar Alphabet) hilarious ink-and-watercolor artwork depict the uncles in their glory-from Elvis impersonator to trick basketball player-with clever charm. An emphasis on counting and family togetherness adds a welcome bonus. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

A bouncy verse introduces young reindeer Octavia's seven uncles, from Uncle Uno, who wears one hat and one vest, to Uncle Sven, who has written seven books and seven plays. The surprise conclusion reveals that Octavia's uncles join their niece every year to pull Santa's sleigh. This original Christmas counting book is illustrated with energetic art set against snowy backdrops. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.