Santa's Littlest Helper travels the world, by Anu Stoher(Bloomsbury, £5.99).

IT'S interesting that some children's books seem to reflect more real life scenarios these days than most adults could possibly care to imagine.

Anu Stohler's follow up to Santa's Littlest Helper sees the most efficient of Santa's helpers facing his biggest crisis yet when the rest of Santa's helpers are struck with an epidemic of Christmas Pox on Christmas Eve. With the workforce ill how will children get their Christmas presents and ultimately how will Christmas be saved?

Anu Stoher's delightful Christmas story accompanied by Henrike Wilson's superb illustrations will inject some magic into many a child's Christmas this year and its positive outcome will no doubt mean it will go on been enjoyed for many Christmases to come!