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Red Ranger Came Calling Paperback – September 1, 1997


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Children's Christmas Books
Visit the Children's Christmas Bookstore to find stories about Santa and his reindeer, cozy books to read by the fire, and sweet stories about family celebrations.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316102490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316102490
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

More About the Author

Berkeley Breathed lives and works in Santa Barbara, California and is the proud owner of a gentle pit bull named Ridley, a deaf dachshund named Milly, and a refugee mutt from the Puerto Rican streets named Pilar--splendidly flawed dogs, every one.

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It is great for reading out loud!
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They were absolutely mesmerized by not only the wonderful illustrations, but the story itself.
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It is a story of recapturing the hope and trust that was lost with your youth.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "rrr338" on December 3, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I'll confess right here ... it's usually tough for me to get into the Christmas spirit. And most Christmas books for kids strike me as either lame attempts to rehash worn-out imagery... or stories which are really written for adults to recapture some "warm fuzzies" from their memory banks (never mind the kids, thank you).
This book must contain some powerful stuff ... if it can get a cynical crumudgeon like me to read it over and over to my son. Breathed begins his story with the moping, skeptical, don't-trust- anyone-too-much attitude which I immediately find familiar. But... then ... he magically weaves an unlikely tale which transforms that feeling into one of genuine hope. The "Santa" character is wonderfully (and appropriately) ambiguous. The reader,as well as the story's narrator, is not quite sure whether this guy is the real thing -- or yet another impostor. He doesn't fit the mold, that's for sure. But he does come through (at least it seems it was him) in the end. Oh sleighbells! Don't just take my word for it, read the gosh-darn thing, marvel at Breathed's quirky illustrations. And then feel the swell of hope, which is more than just wishing for nifty presents. A sure winner for children of all ages!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. Lyons on December 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I remember standing in a bookstore (remember bookstores?) one Christmas season and noticing this book in hardcover on the bottom shelf in the cartoon section. I recognized Berke Breathed's name from Bloom County and thought it'd be worth a look see. I'd missed his sharp sarcastic wit since he retired Bloom County.
I stood there for a good 30 minutes reading the book from cover to cover, every single page. Beautiful, humorous writing; hilarious artwork... and a message. You didn't really get that much during the Bloom County days.
When I got to the end I was in tears. My sister was shopping with me, and I called her over and said, "Read this from the very beginning, every word, don't peak ahead. Stand here until you're done". Soon we both had tears in our eyes
What a funny beautiful way to describe what the love of Christmas does for us:
Sometimes folks need something to believe in.
Sometimes folks need someone to believe in them.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
After reading "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg, I didn't think I would ever find a more enjoyable storybook. I was wrong. This one ranks along side "Polar..." as one of the greatest storybooks ever - and not only among Christmas stories. The emotions expressed by the children and adults to whom I have read this book are absolutely fantatstic. If you make it through this book without belly-laughing one minute and crying the next, you just aren't alive!!! If you read any storybook in your entire life for pure enjoyment, READ THIS ONE!!!!!!! If it ever comes out again in hardcover, buy it quick. Its a collectible. If it doesn't, buy it in soft-cover. Its still a collectible!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Fowler VINE VOICE on June 21, 2004
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Berkeley Breathed is an artist with complete mastery of the written word and the visual image. His talents brought him wealth and fame and a Pulitzer Prize from his wonderful work on the 'toon "Bloom County". Feeling an itch for something a little different, Mr. Breathed began working on children's books and this picture book couldn't be more delightful if you had combined the talents of Gary Trudeau, Norman Rockwell and Dr. Seuss.
The Santa in this story isn't the robust, jolly old North Pole Elf from many other tales. In fact, he is a little infirmed and being looked after by the other elves. His hearing is less than perfect, and one of the key moments in the book comes when he thinks he hears "treed" when our hero Red Ranger has actually said "tweed". But by the end of the tale I felt myself getting a little choked up as Santa and Red come through for each other and restore each other's faith in the spirit of Christmas.
The illustrations are fanciful and colorful and allowed me to read a book which SHOULD have been way over the head of my 3 year old niece. She immediately made me read it again, then promise to read it to her again tomorrow.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Gigliotti on January 20, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Without re-capping the story of this very unique book, let me say that the reading age should be 5 - 105! I was so moved and my imagination so captured by this tale that I made a summer vacation trip to Vashon Island in the Puget Sound, just to check out the legend. I spent a mystical afternoon dragging my son around Point Robinson and the town of Vashon, looking for the storybook places. Let me say that the "object in question" is still there, and the local folks seem to know nothing about it's history. I await Berkeley Breathed website to ask him personally about his father Red's experience. Thank you for a once in a lifetime book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Meddie B. Finnegan on February 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. The message (believe and be grateful) is well delivered. The writing is really funny, the illustrations are lively and hold the attention of the reader.
BUT BE CAREFUL! Read this book on your own first, before you read it to your kids on Christmas Eve...because the main character questions whether or not Santa is real, and he does it in a very pre-teen, sarcastic way. It may get kids questioning the whole "Santa" idea in the first place, even though in the end Santa is real. However it takes a somewhat mature reader to figure that out.
Great book, just read it before you share it with your kids.
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