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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; English Language edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152049703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152049706
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.3 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* PreS-K. The words are minimal in this exuberant holiday title that explains the extraordinary care and effort Santa puts into his work. It's the images that will truly delight. On each spread, multiple pencil-and-gouache pictures show Santa preparing for the holidays: listening to kids rattle off present requests, taking notes and researching each child, testing and selecting toys. The disparity between the deadpan voice and the energetic, absurd pictures creates perfect comedy: "He finds the best toys in the whole world. He makes sure they are fun to play with," read the straightforward words next to a stream of small pictures showing Santa, clad in outrageously patterned britches and red high-tops, twirling hula hoops around his ample belly, performing somersaults on trampolines, tucking bottles into baby dolls' mouths, and gleefully testing out a unicycle and a pogo stick. As in Rollercoaster (2003), Frazee creates extraordinarily expressive characters and a strong sense of motion in her winsome scenes. Children eagerly anticipating Christmas will thoroughly enjoy this rowdy holiday celebration and its behind-the-scenes, personalized look at a diligent, devoted Santa, who, working alone (there are no elves or a Mrs. Claus in this telling), "gives the exact right toy to the exact right kid, 99.9% of the time . . . no one is perfect. Not even Santa Claus." Gillian Engberg
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"Extraordinarily expressive . . . children . . . will thoroughly enjoy this rowdy holiday celebration." (Booklist 2005-11-01)

"He tests mechanical toys, bonds with stuffed animals, wraps everything and then carefully selects the right toy for every child." (Kirkus Reviews 2005-11-01)

"Frazee takes a peek into all of St. Nick''s thorough - but oh, so fun - work..." (Publishers Weekly 2005-09-26)

"A master at creating scenes and moods, ... readers will want to explore repeatedly." (School Library Journal 2005-10-01)

"Effortlessly clever . . . Frazee delivers the exact right book for the exact right season." (The Horn Book Magazine)

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A very clever inside look at Santa's workshop.
J. B. Poersch
In summary, this is a great addition to your Christmas story book collection for young readers and preschoolers.
Jared Castle
The story is adorable and simple and the illustrations are wonderful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on October 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Santa Claus is a pretty smart person. He knows just about all there is to know about kids, toys and the gifts kids want. And in Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert, the reader is privy to the way Santa gets to know all the world's children.

We're shown how Santa makes sure all the toys are fun and learn that 99.9% of the time Santa, through hard work and practice, makes sure that each child receives the 'exact right toy.' The other 1%? No one is perfect, not even Santa Claus.

Children will be drawn into the story of how Santa does what he does. The illustrations are whimsical and add to the explanation.

Armchair Interviews says: The prediction is that children will read this book and dream of their perfect Christmas toy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne-Marie G VINE VOICE on November 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love the illustrations in this book, Santa on a pogo stick, Santa surrounded by all of his empty mugs of hot coccoa after figuring out the perfect gift for every child (perfect 99.9% of the time).

This book is about how the perfect gift from Santa ends up under the Christmas tree.

I just thought this book was adorable, well written and with fantastic illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Cummings on November 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just got this book for my son, and now I'm buying a copy for my soon-to-be nieces. This is the best Santa story book I've ever read! It's fun and delightful and you can't help but laugh at the big task Santa has every year. You will NOT be disappointed! The illustrations are fantastic and it will bring delight to your face as well as your children's! A must-have for every family!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Temairik on June 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Marla Frazee has put all other Santa books to shame. If you own ONE book about Santa let it be this one. Her words and illustrations perfectly capture this great jolly man. Full of humor, warmth and tenderness it should definitely be in every stocking for generations to come.
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Marla Frazee lets her illustrations do most of the talking in this delightful Christmas story that provides young children insight into Santa's passion for toys.

This story details all the behind-the-scenes work Santa is involved in leading up to and after Christmas day. As the world's number one toy expert, Santa goes to great lengths to ensure each toy is fun, sturdy and matches the child who will receive it.

My two sons, ages 6 and 4, immediately giggled at the book's cover, a drawing of Santa bouncing along on a pogo stick in his suspenders and candy cane short pants.

Santa's ever-changing wardrobe is one of the rib-tickling reasons this book is fun to read again and again. I had to go back and check my memory to make sure I was right because Santa never appears in his famous red coat and pants in this book. Parents will chuckle, too, at the rapidly increasing number of coffee mugs scattered in Santa's workshop as he works long hours in the final days before Christmas.

In summary, this is a great addition to your Christmas story book collection for young readers and preschoolers. It might even make a fun coffee table book at a Christmas party.
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This book is a lot of fun. My 2yo daughter was petrified of Santa and this book has enabled us to overcome this.

After a couple reads at bedtime, it was impossible to get past various pages without having to allocate the various toys, wrapping paper and gifts to each of her friends and family. It became a wonderful exercise for her memory, as she would remember that the white paper with blue stars is for "Pop" and the scooter is for "Joshie" and big present with the multi-coloured stipes is for "Nanna", etc. etc. Daddy (me) was allocated the really lame "pink dots on orange" present and I am the one who has read it to her a gazillion times: charming!

Well written, fun, cheeky - this book is great and has provided us with a lot of joy.

(Miss 2 y.o. can recite the book front to back - that's how many times we've read it!)
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By avidreader on April 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great book to read at Christmastime. My favorite thing about it is that it focuses on Santa finding the ONE perfect gift for each child (rather than fulfilling a huge list). The illustrations are well-done—amusing and engaging.
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