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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416926860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416926863
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,113,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2–Poor Santa has a terrible cold, and his daughter, a self-possessed young lady in a red polka-dot skirt, green tights, and black boots, decides that she will take over. Santa tells her the secret to getting the reindeer to fly but warns her to keep their harness tight, because they hate hauling the sleigh and will escape if they can. At first everything goes well, but sure enough, the harness loosens, and the reindeer fly off, stranding Jeannette on a roof. Not to worry. A chance encounter with a few homeless dogs and cats sparks her imagination, and before you can say “suffering snowballs,” she's got them harnessed to the sleigh, and her delivery schedule back on track. Latyk's digitally rendered illustrations have a slightly retro feel, reminiscent of the work of J. Otto Siebold. A fun holiday read-aloud with a resourceful young heroine.Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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At last, a book that dares expose reindeer for the shiftless bums that they are! The setup, at least, is familiar: it’s Christmas Eve, and a cold is keeping Santa from delivering presents. Enter Santa’s daughter, Jeannette—oh, wait, you don’t know about Jeannette? Yeah, she’s pretty cool, wears nifty tights and rad boots, and says things like Time to rock and roll and Criminy Christmas Crackers. Jeannette takes the reins, literally, only to find that the usual suspects—Comet, Cupid, Donner, and worst of all, the insufferable Dasher—happily sail off into the night when the pin connecting the harness to the sleigh falls off. Thankfully, Jeannette quickly befriends some alley cats and stray dogs that are more than happy to pick up where those stupid hat racks (as Jeannette calls them) left off. The Photoshop-rendered artwork has a retro cut-paper feel and is filled with implausibly pastel animals and romantic big-city backdrops. With its unlikely antagonists and plucky heroine, this has the potential to be a fan favorite. Preschool-Grade 2. --Daniel Kraus

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Print VINE VOICE on October 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It was the night before Christmas and Santa was sick. He sneezed, he coughed, he groaned, he moaned. He sniffled and he blew.

And there was no way his daughter, Jeannette, was letting Santa out in the sleigh that night. Jumping jingle bells, if Santa could do it, so could she. Sure, the reindeer are tricky and none too fond of their work. But Jeannette was a Claus and it was Christmas. This was kind of her thing.

But when the sleigh is still more than half full of presents, the reindeer decide to jump ship and Jeannette is stranded with a big sleigh and no one to pull it. Unless a few stray cats and dogs can help Jeannette to turn a really bad Christmas Eve into a really successful one without the help of those pesky reindeer in Jeannette Claus Saves Christmas (October 2010) by Douglas Rees and Olivier Latyk.

I'm a fan, first and foremost, of traditional Christmas stories. "Twas the Night Before Christmas" is an annual favorite. As far as reimagined (or even slightly fractured) Christmas stories go, this is a fun one. Latyk's illustrations--sketched in pencil and then rendered in Photoshop--are original and provide a unique vision of iconic holiday images including the jolly man himself and, of course, the reindeer.

Rees' story is also a new take on the holiday theme. Jeannette is a winner and the text lends itself to reading aloud with natural pauses and good pacing. The premise isn't my favorite--misanthropic reindeer feel . . . odd (and they're really mean!)--but it is a fun twist for anyone looking to go beyond the familiar songs and stories with their holiday reading. Of course, more astute readers will be left to ask, where's Rudolph when you really need him?
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Format: Hardcover
Meet Jeannette Claus, Santa's feisty daughter! This unique tale is a fun Christmas read. When Santa falls ill and is unable to deliver the presents, his daughter Jeanette quickly steps in. Unfortunately, despite Jeannette's best efforts, Santa's reindeer decide to abandon ship, leaving our poor heroine stuck with the presents, yet to be delivered!

Fortunately Jeannette proves to be wise as well as plucky - she enlists the help of some neighborhood cats and dogs, and manages to deliver the presents. Yay for Jeannette, a wonderful new Christmas heroine that will have little ones cheering her and her team - Buster, Blackjack, Wheezer, Grover, Tiger, Squeaky, Caesar, and Rover on! A jolly, happy, Christmas tale!
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By Nicole on December 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Unless you want your kids to start thinking negatively about Santa's reindeer, I would not recommend this book! I had to adlib an ending so as not to ruin my child's perception of Santa and his 'team' representing kindness and helpfulness. I suppose if that's not how your family teaches Christmas, then this book won't matter, but I was not pleased with the author's moral of the story. He really could have resolved it to the reindeer learning a valuable lesson.
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By Gina on November 25, 2010
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A fresh new face for the holidays! Bright and witty for young and old--animal lovers as well. Pretty enough for the coffee table too. Enjoy.
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By stephanie on December 1, 2012
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this book is cute and the illustrations are adorable but the story line is strange to me. maybe cause i'm not a kid, but my kids like it
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