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Santa Knows Hardcover – September 14, 2006

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–After extensive research, Scrooge-like Alfie F. Snorklepuss tries to prove to his sister and the world that There's no such thing as Santa Claus. However, on Christmas Eve, Santa whisks the boy off to his North Pole workshop where all is revealed, and Alfie returns home on Christmas Day a believer as well as a nicer brother. Children will relate to Noelle's feelings when her brother tries to discourage her belief in Santa, and cheer when he is proven wrong. However, Alfie's saying that he will be a nicer big brother at the end of the story seems overstated and a bit preachy, and there are also some confusing moments when scenes are not adequately described. Whimsical and expressive brush-and-ink color cartoon illustrations capture great emotion in the characters' faces and body language. Björkman's inclusion of details such as a laptop computer brings this story into the modern age, yet retains the old-fashioned sentiment. An additional read-aloud for storytime, sharing at bedtime, or independent reading.–Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library
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Kids will be drawn to Bjorkman's loose watercolor-and-ink illustrations...Alfie F. Snorklepuss is a newly minted winner -- Kirkus Reviews

This sweet story would make a nice addition to Christmas stories for young readers. -- Wee Ones Magazine

Your children will love this story. -- MyShelf.com
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (September 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525477578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525477570
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,103,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on October 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Alfie F Snorklepuss thinks believing in Santa Claus is silly and sets out to prove it. He reads up on reindeer and flying, and flying reindeer. He studies maps and distances. He checks to see if any jet companies make sleighs. He decides to factor in the speed of light and changing time zones. There is no way this big elf is real, he tells the media outlets.

His sister, Noelle, is a true believer and she requests a nicer big brother for Christmas from the big guy. Nothing for Santa to do but grant her wish, even if it means shaking Alfie up a bit.

The illustrations in this book will draw you in. Santa and crew are in the traditional attire, but with an original twist. Alfie's pajamas bear all the "bah humbug" a little boy can carry.

Armchair Interviews ways: Little ones will love this one. The book is delightful, adorable, entertaining...everything you could want in a children's book about Santa.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kim Peek on October 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Alfie F. Snorkelpuss doesn't believe in Santa, and he sets out to prove that Santa doesn't exist. He researches, weighs the evidence, and wages a campaign. No one listens, especially his little sister, Noelle.

On Chistmas Eve, Noelle writes a letter to Santa Claus. She wants a nicer big brother.

When Santa pops down the chimney, Alfie is face-to-face with the jolly old soul himself. Santa wastes no time explaining "elf science and technology" to Alfie, and then stuffs Alfie into his bag so Alfie can see for himself.

Santa makes a believer out of Alfie and Noelle has a very Merry Christmas.

This delightful book written by Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith and illustrated by Steve Bjorkman is a must-have for your Christmas collection! SANTA KNOWS is an imaginative tale that explains once and for all how Santa gets so much accomplished in just one night.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa K. Tacker on January 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I felt that the children that read this story really enjoyed it.
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By anon on December 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book provides the only answer parents ever need to have about Santa - Advanced Elf Technology - this can answer all questions. Be warned - this afternoon my son was listing all the things he wanted to leave for Santa (multiple kinds of cookies, milk, cheese) and I tried to remind him that Santa gets a lot of treats on one night and no one like waste and he said "I am sure he as Advanced Elf Technology to keep stuff until summer. Don't you think he would like some cookies in the summer?" I had to admit, I had not thought of that.
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