Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 17, 2018

Book Giveaway: AN ORANGUTAN’S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Laura Boldin-Fournier

Author Laura Boldin-Forunier has new picture book titled, AN ORANGUTAN’S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, illustrated by Stan Jaskiel. It’s available in bookstores. Laura has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Laura!


Go ape for Christmas!

AN ORANGUTAN’S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Laura Boldin-Fournier is a hilarious fractured retelling of Clement C. Moore’s classic poem featuring delightful illustrations filled with monkeyshines on every page. Read it and meet Santa’s newest helper, an orangutan. A word of advice: Don’t say, “Ooka moo moo la goo,” unless you know what it means.

All is calm as the animals dream and the keeper decorates the zoo exhibits on Christmas Eve . . . but not for long! More rapid than cheetahs, a team of flying zebras hauling a sleigh lands on top of the souvenir shop, revealing Santa’s newest helper: Oranga-Claus! The hairy old ape knows just what all the lions, penguins, llamas, kangaroos, hippopotamuses, and other zoo animals want in their stockings for Christmas—and what the keeper wants, too!


I was inspired to write my picture book when my friend, Jim, told me how he liked to wrap up holiday presents for his dogs. I’m an animal-lover, so I thought what he did was great. After all, our pets give us so much joy. And so do other animals, for that matter. I wanted to show my appreciation for them by writing a book in which animals received gifts.

Using the zoo as the setting seemed like a natural choice. More animals meant more opportunities for illustrations. My next challenge was to figure out a character who would give gifts to the animals. I considered Santa Claus, but because he’s so busy delivering presents to children, I decided he needed a helper. Not just any helper, but one who loved animals. I asked myself who would care the most about animals? My answer was another animal. But many of them wouldn’t be able to climb down from a roof, carrying a sack full of toys. However, an orangutan could. The funny-looking red apes are smart, agile and strong. That’s why I chose one to become Santa’s zoo helper or, as I call him, Oranga Claus.

I revised my manuscript many times, adding quirky humor and a twist ending. My SCBWI critique groups offered valuable suggestions and support. The Pelican Publishing Company accepted AN ORANGUTAN’S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS from the slush pile. After that, cartoonist, Stan Jaskiel, ramped up the humor with his colorful illustrations. Thanks to him we know what Oranga Claus and his team of zebras look like. So if you’re outside on Christmas Eve, wave to them as they zip across the sky on their way to the zoo.


Laura Boldin-Fournier is a former teacher and librarian. Her favorite spot to write is near a window where she sees lizards, birds and squirrels in the field behind her Florida home. Her latest work for children is Pedaling in Sauerkraut, an activity, in the Nov/Dec issue of Spider magazine. Laura also writes for adults. Her stories have appeared in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL books and other anthologies. Laura is available to speak at libraries, literacy, storytelling and fundraising events. She’s a member of the SCBWI and the MWA. Find out more at her website: or follow her on twitter @lauraboldin.

Thank you Laura for sharing your book and it’s journey with us. Your orangutan makes me laugh. Good luck!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This is hysterical. Thank you Kathy for sharing this new Christmas version.


  2. What a clever idea and what a fun book! Thanks for sharing your story!


  3. Thanks for sharing your new picture book & the journey behind it.


  4. Those illustrations are terrific. Thanks for the post. I will pass on the giveaway.


  5. Love your inspiration for writing this book. Animals can certainly enrich our life.


  6. shared on FB! xox


  7. What a fun book! Congratulations, Laura


  8. Love this book!


  9. Reblogged this on The Official Website of P.T.L. Perrin and commented:
    I bought a copy of this book for each of our youngest grandkids last summer, when we had “Christmas in June” together. I got to read it aloud a number of times, and it is delightful! It’s a WONDERFUL Christmas gift for young children! Don’t miss this, and even if you don’t win the free copy, it’s well worth buying for your young’uns!


  10. I’m posting to my FB accounts and the two groups I manage. I also reblogged it, but can’t seem to find it on my blog. I’m happy to spread the word about this excellent book!


  11. I love the idea of zoo animals getting presents from Santa’s helper!


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