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How Murray Saved Christmas Hardcover – September 25, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Price Stern Sloan (September 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843176105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843176100
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reiss scores a bullÆs-eye with this hilarious debut. CatrowÆs puckish watercolors are equal to ReissÆs wit and lightning pace. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David Catrow is the illustrator of many picture books including Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon and its sequel Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon, written by Patty Lovell; I Wanna Iguana and its two companion books I Wanna New Room and I Wanna Go Home, written by Karen Kaufman Orloff; Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel; The Middle Child Blues by Kristyn Crow; and We the Kids: the Preamble to the Constitution. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Deborah.

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This is a fun book to read aloud to kids and adults.
Sheri L. Schlondrop
Every year I buy my kids a Christmas book to read on Christmas Eve.
T. Fleming
It's my favorite book to read to my girls at bedtime or anytime!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By One Love One Heart One World on December 15, 2002
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Having 5 yr. old twins, I've read probably in excess of 600 different children's books to them over the years, including all the classics....this book is without a doubt the funniest book I have ever read to them hands down, period, end of story!....no other book comes even close!....parents will laugh out loud and never tire of reading it....the illustrations are great for the youngest of kids....and as they get older and older they'll start to understand more and more of the text/humor. It's my favorite book to read to my girls at bedtime or anytime! Get it - you definitely won't regret it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Durling Heath on December 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I cannot believe I've missed this one.

Published in 2000 by Price Stern Sloan, illustrated by award-winning editorial cartoonist David Catrow, and written by Harvard Lampoon and "The Simpson's" writer Mike Reiss, How Murray Saved Christmas is hilarious.

Written in the style of "Twas The Night Before Christmas," Murray is the proprietor of a Jewish diner. After a devilish little elf named Edison plays a practical joke that results in Jolly Ol' St. Nick getting knocked-out cold, it's up to Murray to save the holiday. Understandably, Murray is suspicious about the undertaking when Edison explains the predicament, "I can make you Whatever you wish. A nice piece of fish. Or a spinach knish."

Murray needs more convincing:

"Give me one reason to schlep through the snow,
Bringing billions of presents to kids I don't know.
Will anyone pay me? Will anyone tip?
What if I slip and fracture my hip?"

Eventually, Edison persuades Murray to stand-in for Santa Claus and Murray encounters humorously frustrating obstacles at his first few houses. Murray even has to try to assure a little boy at one of the houses that he, Murray, is in fact Santa by reciting the names of his reindeer, "There's Dumbo and Jumbo and Mason and Dixon, Cosmo and Kramer and Richard M. Nixon." The little boy remains skeptical.

Eventually, Murray gets the hang of present thing and even "...brought toys to the Naughty (a Very long list!)" When he finishes, Murray achieves a sort of cautious mutual respect with Edison Elf as the story ends with a cute, slight modification of a traditional Christmas greeting. It's a very nice ending for a book which includes an equally nice social commentary. The kiddies will enjoy Mom or Dad reading this one aloud, as long as Mom and Dad's laughing-out-loud isn't too distraction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have a large collection of xmas books and this one is probably the funniest one that I have. If you have kids they'll love this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Yoshimoto on December 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My son absolutely loves this book, and the only thing I love more than watching his face light up is the time we spend reading it together at bedtime. Every night, Christmas gets saved, my son falls asleep with a smile on his face, and our word is definitely a much better place.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is funny. And you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it. But, alas, ultimately my 5 year old daughter loves this book. So much so, as cute as it is, it's starting to get annoying "Daddy, can you read 'How Murry Saved Christmas' again?". I swear I get that like 10 times a day now. Ugh. But, if I was to read a book over and over again, it would be this one. Also, my 13 year old daughter recommends the book "The Little Guide To Happiness". She says it's the best book for teens ever. I read it and it's a sweet little book. You can't go wrong with these.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andy French on October 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"How Murray Saved Christmas" is a truly hilarious kids' book (that adults will love, too.) We actually cracked up while we were reading it to our kids! The story is really entertaining and full of great jokes! That's not surprising, since the guy who wrote it used to write for The Simpsons. But the story of Murray is also very sweet and heartwarming - it's a great modern Christmas tale. We got a copy for our kids and will probably buy a bunch more to give as gifts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Denny on October 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Enough delightful silliness to give both kids and grownups the giggles! Many of the references - Calvin Klein, Richard Nixon, Kramden and Norton - will only make sense to the grownups. Still, the rhythm of the text, the intricate and colorful illustrations, and the comforting message of even the naughty youngsters receiving Christmas presents make this a new holiday book that kids and their parents will want to read many times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Reader on December 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Make way, Brothers Grimm! There's a new kid in town, and his story is as wise as it is witty, as entertaining as it is enlightening, as . . . I can't keep this up. But the book is fun, it's funny and it's worth every shekel. (And I say all this without being in any way related to its author. I swear). Great for Christmas, or any time you need a little of that Yule-tide cheer.
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