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Are You Grumpy, Santa? Paperback – September 2, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (September 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786809973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786809974
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 10 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

It’s not just the Grinch who gets grumpy around Christmastime. Sometimes even the man in the red suit gets out of bed on the wrong side. In this light-hearted tale of woe, Santa stubs his toe on a bowling ball, has to wear his itchy wool suit when the elves shrink his other one in the dryer, and gets stuck in the first chimney he tries. That "bowl full of jelly" belly has apparently gotten out of hand (as a blue-eyeshadowed Mrs. Claus tries to tell him at breakfast). Of course, when you consider that even the Grinch has a change of heart eventually, you just know Santa will come through this crabby mood at some point.

Brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis team up on this somewhat bumpy rhyming story with computer-generated artwork. It may never make it on the list of all-time Christmas classics, but it’s a fun little diversion in the mood of the more masterful Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day(Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-A rhyming text that scans awkwardly is paired with computer-generated illustrations to present a didactic story summed up on the penultimate page: "When people do/nice things for you,/the GRUMPIES/disappear!" A potentially humorous idea (Santa is having a very bad day), diluted by a contrived text, results in an offering with minimal impact.-S. P.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is not only hilarious for kids - but it's really fun to read aloud too!
MN Mom
Christmas is my favorite time of year and there was no better way to get into the holiday mood than to sit with my two kids reading this book.
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We bought this through a Schoolastic book drive at our pre-school for my 4-year old twins.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
as a children's librarian for a large public library i get to buy thousands a books every year and i often turn to school library journal for reviews. i was so surprised at their pan of this book though. i loved it and i think it would be a fantastic read aloud. the illustrations may be a little flat but the rhyme and humor more than make up for it. a lot of libraries don't buy books that get marginal reviews in slj--i hope people will request that their local library get this one. it's a gem!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Makings of a classic. Great for kids and adults. Beautiful graphics.

Let's face it, the holidays can be rough . . . even for Santa.
Perfect gift for the seasonally overwhelmed.

Gave this book to the grumpy Santa in my life with an I.O.U. for batches of cookies . . . doing my part to be nice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tamara B. Varsek on September 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This an awesome book, so funny! I read it in both Kindergarten and 1st graders and they loved it. Even my pre-schooler loves it. An all time favorite in my house, even in the summer!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Hardin on October 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This had my preschooler "rolling in the aisles" so-to-speak. We love this book and would love to see more like it. It was hardly awkward...it was a ton of fun! I think anyone who doesn't like this one must just be in need of one good un-grump-ification!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg Carpenter on December 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First, I must admit that my two year-old son loves this book. We read it every night this year through the Christmas season. It's funny and the graphics are appealing (if a little amateurish). Now, for the not so nice part of the review. I "fix" the text as I read the book to him. There are a couple of awkward and several clumsy rhymes throughout the book. I think the School Library Journal had it right in their review as it pertains to the text. I do recommend the book for a preschool audience, as it is a hit with my son. Make sure that you do not purchase the board book version, however, as it omits 4 pages from the first edition. My son's favorite graphic, Santa being chased by the bulls in Pamplona, is absent from the board book (the text is included in the book, but the image is missing). We checked out the original edition of the book from the library and then bought the board book. We were a little disappointed in the missing pages (2 of which contain text that was omitted completely in the board book configuration), but the board book was significantly cheaper, so I guess we should have expected a trade-off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By smileyface_girl on November 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We bought this through a Schoolastic book drive at our pre-school for my 4-year old twins. They cannot get enough of it and us grown-ups love reading it too! -sometimes 3 times a day!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book passes the Matthew test. I can't get him to go to bed for anything. But my son has asked me to read this book to him four nights in a row and he laughs harder and harder each time! At this rate, he will start hopping into bed at 6 o'clock just to hear this for his bedtime story! I highly recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry Hirshfeld on October 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My kids absolutely crack up when they read it! It presents this adorable, funny side to Santa that I can relate to as a grown-up in the real world. It's a delightful story and the illustrations are comletely endearing!
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