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Dasher, how a brave
little doe changed Christmas forever
Written and illustrated by Matt Tavares

New York Times Bestseller
Indiebound National Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
Parents' Choice Award, Recommended

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Dasher is a brave little doe with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life - one in which her hooves tread in soft, cold snow under the glow of the North Star.

And one day, when the opportunity arises, Dasher seizes her destiny and takes off in pursuit of the life she wants to live. It's not too long before she meets a nice man in a red suit with a horse-drawn sleigh. And soon, with the help of a powerful wish, Christmas will never be the same.


"Exhilerating... Tavares excels at Christmas stories, and young readers are apt to inhale every word of this yarn. As an illustrator, Tavares is a master of dramatic light, emotion and mood, as well as deep vibrant color, whether he's depicting Dasher's family penned in at the circus or Santa's sleigh magically lifting up into the air. Dasher is sure to join the stacks of enduring Christmas favorites read by families year after year."
*Bookpage (starred review)

"Gorgeous illustrations make this one sure to fly off shelves..."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Matt Tavares's Dasher is magical. Kids are going to love this story for decades to come."
-Colby Sharp, co-founder of the
 Nerdy Book Club

"I think the story of Dasher will grow to be as famous as the story of Rudolph, with this magnificent picture book."
-Dylan Teut, Director of the Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival

"Tavares's classically painted figures are lit by moonlight and falling snow in this cozy antidote to holiday hullabaloo."
-Publishers Weekly

"Brilliantly clever and masterfully illustrated, Dasher is a magical Christmas story kids won't soon forget."
-Kendall A. Rautzhan,
Nationally Syndicated Columnist

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DASHER. Illustrations copyright 2019 Matt Tavares. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Inc., Somerville, MA.