For Breathed (A Wish for Wings That Work; Goodnight Opus), 'tis the season to be laugh-out-loud funny one page and cause a tiny tear to well in a reader's eye the next. Retelling the autobiographical story that his late father related every Christmas Eve, Breathed introduces a cynical young man (self-named The Red Ranger of Mars) who meets his match in a retired Santa (When Red snaps, "They say you're Santa Claus," the old man retorts that Santa is "a foolish story for small children. He's a big jolly bribe to control their criminal instincts"). Breathed's hallucinatory artwork is as wondrous and as unpredictable as his tale. Reaffirming a reader's belief in the spirit that is Santa, this could become a perennial seller. All ages.
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Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. Spending the Christmas season with his aunt on a "damp little island somewhere off the country's upper left-hand corner," Red discovers that the reclusive, ill, and ancient man living nearby is Santa Claus. Red (short for his hero Buck Tweed, the Red Ranger of Mars) is too jaded to believe in Santa, and yet when the Santa asks him to believe, he tries. On Christmas morning, hoping against hope for his heart's desire, a Buck Tweed bicycle, Red finds instead a treasure unlooked for, within himself. While Breathed, author/artist of the cartoon strip "Bloom County," often seems to look over the heads of children to wink at the adults in the audience, there's enough that's childlike to keep kids involved, whether its the reassuring homeliness of the hero or his wholehearted longing for the bicycle. The extraordinary, full-color illustrations seem three-dimensional and will intrigue children and adults alike. A most original Christmas book. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This is one of my favorite children's books. We have a guest reader program at my children's elementary school and by the time my kids were in the 5th grade I was running out of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by N Cramer
Berkeley Breathed stories and illustrations are great! - This is NOT "Pete & Pickles" caliber but it's still a quirky little story - wonderfully illustrated, told by Mr. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Suzy
My son received this book as a gift years ago--it is the BEST Christmas story and the artwork is amazing. BUT--when i went to find it for my grandson i discovered it was missing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Traci Berry
Probably my favorite Christmas book ever! Exactly the kind of adventure story that's perfect for holiday magic. And, the ending will give you goosebumps. Just awesome.Published 8 months ago by H. Miller