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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547406223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547406220
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

"Sophie wondered about her great-aunt a lot.
She's so
mysterioso! Sophie thought. And this was true.
There were many strange goings-on up in penthouse 25C. Most people considered Auntie Claus just another eccentric New Yorker. But Sophie knew there was more to her than met the eye."

As if Auntie Claus's everyday red velvet gown with furry white trim isn't unusual enough, there is the diamond key that hangs around her neck. During her year-round tea and Christmas cookie rituals, she always leaves young Sophie with the words, "And darling, always remember my first and final rule--whether it's birthdays, Christmas, or Halloween, it is far better to give than to receive!" Oddest of all, every year she departs on a "business trip" right after Halloween and doesn't return until Valentine's Day.

One year, the spoiled and rather unpleasant Sophie (who, like her little brother, is all about "receiving," and as much as possible) decides to stop wondering about her great-aunt and start investigating. She stows away in a large box, is loaded into a Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator-style enclosure with all of her great-aunt's luggage, and is shot off into the sky. Landing with a thunk, she is greeted by Mr. Pudding, who assumes she is the new elf and sets her to work in the mailroom. As Mr. Pudding extols the virtues of hard work, Sophie thinks, "Rules, schmules." But her work hasn't quite yet begun. When Santa asks for one brave elf to volunteer to go to the coal mines and pick up the "B-B-and-G List," Sophie gets nervous. The B-B-and-G List is the list of bad boys and girls who will go without Christmas presents... or worse. She volunteers, thinking she just may be on that list. But when it's her little brother she sees on the list, Sophie finally learns the important lesson that Auntie Claus has been trying to teach her. When that happens, Sophie whirls up out of the coal mines into the Grand Ballroom of the North Pole, where Auntie Claus is revealed to be Santa's sister with much fanfare.

Award-winning illustrator Elise Primavera's gorgeous artwork is positively luminous, recalling the splendid Christmas television specials How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the Claymation version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in extraordinary compositions, compellingly portrayed characters, and unusual perspectives. Not at all surprisingly, Nickelodeon Films has already secured the rights to this action-packed, highly visual story to make a full-length live-action film in the year 2000. (Ages 4 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

A healthy dose of holiday magic abounds in a picture book poised to make a big splash. A little bit Auntie Mame, a little bit Coco Chanel, Sophie Kringle's glamorous great-aunt lives in a penthouse atop Manhattan's Bing Cherry Hotel. Auntie Claus disappears every holiday season on a mysterious business trip and, determined to discover her destination, Sophie stows away and follows her. Larded with scrumptious visual foreshadowing, Primavera's hilariously arch gouache and pastel illustrations are the highlight of this merry confection. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) FYI: The author has established a Web site for the book at www.auntieclaus.com, and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City has chosen Primavera's tale as the theme for its holiday window display.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

Customer Reviews

This is a wonderful book to add to your Christmas library.
Karen
This book is not only visually beautiful but charming and memorable in story as well.
M. Southworth
It is a great way to help children realize the true spirit of giving.
Donna Foster

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
How refreshing to come across Sophie Kringle and Auntie Claus in this unusual Christmas story! Finally, two strong female characters in a book with a sense of humor...sure, Sophie is a bit of a brat, but she has such a self-assured sense of adventure; Auntie Claus sees to it that Sophie develops a kind heart as well, in this beautifully illustrated book so chock full of Christmas that I'm already shopping for those little hard candies! Bravo, Ms. Primavera!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Auntie Claus is an original take on the goings-on at the North Pole each year. Not only do we find out about Santa Claus, but we find out about his whole family and what they do during the rest of year. The story is cute and funny and the illustrations are beautiful and set the tone for the book. The contrast between New York City and the North Pole is wonderful - in both the story and the pictures.
My children loved the book and were on the edge of their seats waiting to see what would next happen to Sophie at each step of the story. Ms. Primavera has really captured the feeling of what it's like to be a child and my children felt like they were at the North Pole with Sophie going through her adventure.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Auntie94 on November 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I orginally bought this book to read to my six year-old niece. She and her friends love to call me Auntie, and I was excited when I saw the title.
When I sat down to read her this book, I knew this was the right book. My niece is spoiled, but she is not as bad as Sophie and her brother Chris the characters in this book. My sister and I were trying to find a way to get across the reason every year at Christmas, we give some of her toys and we buy news toys to donate to children who don't have as much as she does. She just never quite understood the concept.
I love how Auntie Claus trys to tell Sophie that the number one rule is "It is better to give, then to receive". When Sophie stows away to see where Auntie Claus goes from Halloween until Valentines Day, I knew the book was going to get even better.
The B-B & G List was a great part of the book. I read that part to my niece and was able to tell her, that I was once on that list and all Santa left for me was Coal in my stocking (true story). I told her if she continued asking for things everytime we went shopping and whining when we said no, that she would be just like Sophie's little brother and get her name on the B-B & G List. And when at the end Sophie finally learned to take her brothers place on the list, so he wouldn't be disappointed, that was good.
Now when I read the book to my niece she gets to say the number one rule everytime it appears in the book. And I have her explain what it means.
I hope more books like this are written. I will keep this book and bring it out throughout the year, when I think my niece has forgotten the number one rule.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I hope, there are very few children, who are on the B-B-and G list {Bad Boys and Girls}, therefore missing out on the wonderful AUNTIE CLAUS as a Christmas present. On the opening page you can practically smell the chestnuts on the streets of NYC. The narration flows along effortlessly with pictures so alive, it's like being in the movies! These beautiful paintings are so vibrant, they can barely be contained between the two covers. Christmas is a feast full of expectations, promise, mystery, surprises, love and hope. You'll find all this here!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am an "Auntie Claus" and as my niece gets spoiled from Christmas, I want her to remember that it is better to give than receive. What a great book to grow up with - wonderful illustrations and a sweet story. Sophie's parents know what her aunt is doing, Sophie just needs to learn for herself and so will Kris. I thought it was just wonderful, Darling!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Our class liked the whole story because it was very exciting.Emily couldn't put it down.It was cool when Sophie hid in the box.The Illustrations were good and colorful.We think this is a good book for little children who believe in Santa.Some children thought it was unbelieveable.We wish the book could of been longer.We really felt it was in the Christmas Spirit!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P Dask on October 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Way to go Auntie Claus! This beautiful book is perfect for little ones--not too in depth for them to get confused---but still teaches the moral value of giving instead of receiving. The colors are vivid and eye-catching, the story raises kids curiosity and keeps them on the edge of their seats.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a really lovely book. I read it with my nephew for Christmas and we both enjoyed it. The story is sweet and powerful. I loved that it makes aunts so magical and fascinating. The illustrations are really fun. Most surprising for me was that my nephew was still thinking about the story more than an hour after we'd read it ... an amazing thing for this unbelievably short-attention-spanned boy! His final comment: "I really liked that. I wish it had been a pop-up book, don't you?" And he's right--the illustrations are so fun you wish they came right up off the page at you.
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