Frustrated by Santa's slowness at Christmastime, Muckle the elf creates a mechanical replacement called the Deliverator and proposes a series of contests to prove that it can do Santa's job better than he can.
Stephen Krensky has never been in danger of losing his job, writing children's books -- at least not because any elves were putting pressure on him. He has been writing them for more than twenty-five years, and hopes to continue doing so for some time to come. He is the author of over fifty books for children, including How Santa Got His Job (an ALA Notable Book) and The Youngest Fairy Godmother Ever. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Joan, and their two sons.