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"I'm Not Santa!" (I'm Not! Picture Book, An) Hardcover – September 23, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: I'm Not! Picture Book, An
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423113004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423113003
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.7 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,819,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K–On Christmas Eve, Baby Hare sees Baby Owl on his way home from sledding and becomes absolutely sure that he is Santa. Nothing Baby Owl says (And I am not big and fat like Santa! I'm very fluffy like a Baby Owl!) convinces the young hare. Frustrated, he begins to cry. Willing to try anything to get him to stop, Baby Owl admits that he is, in fact, Santa. Then Baby Hare begins to notice all the ways the owl is different from Santa, and starts crying because he's NOT Santa, which causes Baby Owl, who's been pretty patient, all things considered, to start crying, too. Never fear–all is smoothed over by the appearance of the man himself, and Baby Owl hurries home to tell his mama all about his experience. Large cartoon illustrations that will carry to the back of the room, and the opportunity for readers to express their inner toddler dramatically, will make this a holiday favorite.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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It’s Christmas Eve and Baby Owl, the winsome owlet featured in I’m Not Cute(2005) and I’m Not Scared (2007) is trudging home wearing a Santas hat, so Baby Hare mistakes him for Santa. A dialogue ensues with Baby Owl insisting that he isn’t Santa and Baby Hare giving evidence he is. Then the real Santa resolves the conflict. With almost no background illustration, the two cartoon-style characters face off from opposite pages, their growing frustration evident in their body language. Not quite as satisfying as the previous titles, this will still have appeal for children at the stage where Christmas is all about Santa sightings. Preschool. --Randall Enos

More About the Author

I was sitting at my desk at art school, way back in the late seventies, trying to feel inspired about the latest college design project while idly drawing funny animals in the margins of my note book, when one of the illustration tutors, a fine illustrator of children's books in his own right called Fritz Wegner, looked over my shoulder and said something along the lines of.
"Why don't you do that sort of thing as your course work? You could you know."
I was nonplussed. I think I stuttered something like, "Are you sure that would be all right?".
I was in shock. I mean, it was bit like someone telling you that you could watch telly and eat ice cream as a degree project, and that nobody would mind! Or something. . . Not only were the drawings very simple, they were funny. Two things which don't get you taken seriously in the usual course of events. But in the world of children's books, these are pretty much a requirement. I had found my home.
So I started an illustration project based on the idea of nonsense poems, which I decided to write myself. This became my first ever book, "A Bad Case of Animal Nonsense", published by the late Vanessa Hamilton at J.M.Dent. God bless you, Vanessa!
I wrote and illustrated several books over the next few years, while at the same time trying to get somewhere as a musician (bass), and co-running a small recording studio from a house in South London. I eventually decided to pursue my writing and illustrating career full time as it actually paid, and deep down I knew I was better at it than I was at audio engineering and bass playing. And anyway the music industry was pretty horrible.
It wasn't a hard decision. I really enjoyed my children's book work and had just had a book co-published in the USA and Japan. So that's what I have done ever since. I get paid to draw funny animals. I even earn a living at it. I still can't quite believe it.

Embarrassingly enough, I have only just read the reviews of my books that Amazon readers have left over the years. I feel very ashamed at not doing this before, as there are some really heart warming things in there. I have come over all humble and am emitting a warm glow from inside that could help heat a small town. Thank you very much. It is very nice to realise that the work I have done, on my own, behind my studio desk, has the power to touch other people and even help people discover the wonders of reading.

If you want actual biography stuff, here it is.
I was born in 1957 (Yes I know it's a long time ago. I can count. Unfortunately.) In the quaint market town of Luton.
OK, scrub the 'quaint' bit.
My dad worked in the bank. He was transferred to a branch in Cambridge when I was about 13 so we moved.
I went to Impington Village College, where I did my O and A levels, and thanks to an inspiringly eccentric Art teacher called Ray Malmstrom, I became interested in drawing and painting. With a bit of encouragement, I applied for a place on the Art foundation course at Cambridge Tech, as it then was. I didn't think that 'people like me' whatever that means, went to Art School, so I was surprised when I got in. I was even more surprised when, after my foundation year ended, I was accepted on the Graphics course at St Martins College of Art in London.

That takes you neatly full circle, to the top of this bio.

Best wishes to you all, assuming any one reads this.
Jonathan X

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori Katz on December 8, 2010
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This is one of those Christmas books I like to read aloud annually in my school library. Recently I read it to a class of 2nd and 3rd graders and they absolutely adored it. The story is fun to read, the illustrations wonderful and the faces of the kids listening priceless. Recommended for babes through 3rd grade.
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By balewine on April 15, 2014
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My kid loves this book. We read it almost every night. He thinks it's so funny. Would absolutely recommend for younger kids.
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For a board book for early toddlers, we read and turn pages quickly. This book is cute, but includes many words that seem unnecessary to the story. I now paraphrase it and we get through it before my son's attention span runs out.
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By Nancy on December 16, 2013
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I love the story, but this book was advertised as a hardback. It's actually a small boardbook. Good thing my grandson is still a baby.
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One of the things I love about Jonathan Allen's Baby Owl series of books is an endearing sense of denial that's easy for parents and kids to recognize. I'm Not Santa slightly misses the mark. We know Baby Owl's telling the truth when he says he's not Santa. And as a parent, it's a little predictable that the real Santa shows up in the end. But for a child experiencing Christmas magic for the first time, this book delivers.

If you've got room on your bookshelf for a special section of Christmas books, or simply want to add to your collection of Baby Owl books, this book is for you. But if you're a scrooge like me that enjoys getting every penny's worth out of every page, you may want to look elsewhere. It's a good story, but it won't make the rotation.
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