Changing flat tires and rescuing kittens wasn’t what one patrol officer had in mind for Christmas Eve. Amid idle chatter and doughnuts, this small-town cop is missing his family and wishing for a little holiday cheer. Nevertheless, he is a patrolman on duty and must bide time until the graveyard shift is over. Unless . . . there is someone willing to take his place. One jolly officer is up for the job. Armed with a helicopter, spotlight, and an up-to-date naughty list, Santa Claus is ready for anything. This time, the phrase “you better watch out” has taken on a completely new meaning.
About the Author
Officer Michael D. Harrison founded a charity called Santa Cops in his Conover, North Carolina, precinct. Uniformed police officers receive donations of new toys and clothing, wrap the gifts, and deliver them on Christmas Eve to the children of needy families. The program was designed to foster a positive image of police officers in the community.
Harrison spent fifteen years as a sheriff’s deputy and another fifteen as a deputy sheriff. He has supervised a patrol squad, worked with a narcotics investigation unit, and was an undercover officer. Harrison has also taught the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program to elementary students and a class on decision-making skills to sixth graders. He resides in Taylorsville, North Carolina.
About the Illustrator
David Miles is a freelance illustrator who has worked as a game and page-layout designer and has illustrated several children’s books. He holds an associate’s degree in fine arts from Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor and a bachelor’s degree in illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
COP’S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
By Officer Michael D. Harrison
Illustrated by David Miles
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
HUMOR / Form / Parodies
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.