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Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas Paperback – September 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Auntie Claus
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054757679X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547576794
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The companion book to Elise Primavera's much-celebrated Auntie Claus, Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas, gives Sophie Kringle's younger brother, Christopher, a turn in the starring role. Finally, Chris will learn the Kringle family secret--that his great-aunt Auntie Claus, inhabitant of penthouse 25C of New York City's Bing Cherry Hotel, is Santa Claus's older sister! When Chris overhears someone say that only babies believe in Santa Claus--and then repeats the rumor!--he is immediately summoned by Auntie Claus for tea, marmalade cake, and a talking-to. During teatime he learns of the PRUNES--Parade Rainers United National Elite Society (people who would dare to say there's no Santa) as well as the B-B-and-G List (Bad-Boys-and-Girls) that Santa makes each year. Taking it all with a grain of salt, Chris decides to use the scientific method: he'll behave so boorishly that he'll get on the List--if he still gets presents, he'll know it's all a hoax. Sophie attempts to demystify Christmas for him once and for all, sending him up in a magical elevator to the North Pole where he discovers (1) he made the List, (2) PRUNES exist, and (3) Santa exists. Sharing some of the smart-alecky humor of Jon Scieszka's Time Warp Trio series (Ozzie and Pam Spam are on tour promoting their new book We're Geniuses and Yer Not!, for instance), Auntie Claus then dashes the comparison with a sweet-as-cherry-pie maxim--"the best things are invisible"--which also happens to be the key to Christmas. Once again the whimsical, grand, richly colored paintings steal the limelight in this o'er complicated holiday tale. Still, those enchanted by the first Auntie won't want to miss it. (Ages 6 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Santa's big sister is back! This time, Auntie Claus's grand-nephew Christopher Kringle is front and center, wreaking havoc at the Bing Cherry Hotel when he repeats the rumor that Santa doesn't exist. Summoned to his great-aunt's penthouse suite, Chris learns of the "B-B-and-G List" (bad boys and girls), and arranges to get himself onto it in order to get to the bottom of the family secret. While the plot is overwrought in places, it's great fun nonetheless, with Auntie Claus's larger-than-life presence presiding over Primavera's vibrant, richly saturated gouaches and pastels. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Auntie Claus is the new american icon!
"gilliegirlholman"
It's not that it's a 'bad' book just in my opinion not my 'taste'...
Rosa Cline
My children loved the illustrations...and the story too!
Karl Miller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This sequel to "Auntie Claus" is fabulous! My kids and I loved the first book and "Auntie Claus and The Key to Christmas" is just as great! Even the website ... is unusal and loads of fun, with a quiz to see if the kids are on Santa's BB&G (Bad Boys and Girls) List. My kids look forward to checking Mr. Pudding's Newsflash from the North Pole everyday.
Ms. Primavera's rendition of the North Pole is a dreamscape of color, snow, and absolutely wondrous strange. With a message that conveys the power of the invisible, it is a Christmas story to be read year after year!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "gilliegirlholman" on December 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Great story! Great art! Great fun! Auntie Claus is the new american icon! This sequel to Elise Primavera's wonderfully imaginative "Auntie Claus", invites us back into the magical world of the Kringles. This time, Sophie's younger brother Chris continues the adventures, and what adventures they are! Taking the elevator ride of his life, Chris rockets to the North pole, only to find the gates locked! The Spam twins (love to hate them!) and the little dogs (love to love them!) are wonderful characters, exceeded only by the Prunes!
Ms. Primavera's art is a rich, jewel-toned tapestry of color, movement and light, illustrating a world that will delight children of all ages as it reminds us that "Only the heart knows what is invisible to the eye."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Oakley on December 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Kudos to Elise Primavera! Her follow-up to Auntie Claus, "Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas", is as delightful and amusing a tale as her first. My grandaughter loved reading more of the wonderful adventures of Auntie Claus, the Bing Cherry Hotel and the Kringle's. Ms. Primavera's enchanting and whimisical illustrations will delight both children and parents alike. Her talent as both a storyteller and illustrator make this book a perfect addition to any child's library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
BRAVO!! Elise Primavera has again created a modern Christmas classic. The sequel to Auntie Claus is beautifully illustrated and splendidly written. My children have loved all of her books, but these two are their favorites. Merry Christmas, Auntie Claus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Werner on December 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Another magical and beautifully illustrated book from Elise Primavera! I'm looking forward to more. Thanks for adding to our Christmas spirit!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karl Miller on December 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have for the holidays. My children loved the illustrations...and the story too! It's hard to find good holiday reading for children but "the key to Christmas" is a rare find. I would strongly recommend this book and the original Auntie Claus too. It is a soon to be holiday classic that the whole family can enjoy.
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Format: Paperback
4.5 Stars

This is a book from the Auntie Claus series. This is the story about young Christopher Kringle who is starting to doubt Christmas. He deliberately acts bad in order to get on the Bad Boys and Girls list to prove it doesn’t exist. However, his actions get him locked out of Christmas and must go on a journey to learn that he must believe in order to see the family’s secret. The majestic pictures are stunning and will be loved by the children while the adults read. This story is sure to be a favorite for the entire family.

Notes:
This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister's Books.
This review was posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
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By Mary P. Edwards on April 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a follow up to Auntie Claus. I recommend this book for any female friends with children who get together over the holidays.
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More About the Author

Elise Primavera has been writing and illustrating children's books for more than twenty-five years. She has received numerous awards for her work and in 2004 was asked to illustrate the Christmas Brochure for the White House. Her bestselling book AUNTIE CLAUS has sold over half a million copies and is in active development for a feature length animated movie. Elise wrote her first novel the popular SECRET ORDER OF THE GUMM STREET GIRLS in 2006. Her second illustrated novel LIBBY OF HIGH HOPES, arrived in 2012. Her latest book MS. RAPSCOTT'S GIRLS, also an illustrated middle grade novel, will be out in January 2015 from Dial Books for Young Readers. For more information visit www.eliseprimavera.com

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