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Santa Claus is a cranky old guy who has stayed in the game long past his prime. Please don’t visit him at the North Pole.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762430893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762430895
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wendi Barker VINE VOICE on December 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
(I gave it 5 stars because it kept everyone at a family dinner laughing the whole time!)

Perfect for : Personal reading, great host/hostess gift (for the right person!)

In a nutshell: I don't know if my family has laughed this much in quite a while - at least not because of a book! We had relatives over for dinner one evening, and I decided to pull this book out to see what they thought. What I thought would be a quick five minute browse through the book ended up lasting over an hour as we passed the book back and forth, reading the children's letters and how Santa responded to them out loud. I've never had a better time during dinner! This is the perfect gift for someone with a great sense of humor, or someone who needs one! It would also be great after a long day of work, or holiday shopping - just grab a cocktail and start reading - your day will instantly get better! As I learned, this book is also a perfect ice breaker for a gathering - just make sure there are no kids who still believe in Santa, because just like the picture on the cover - this Santa isn't your normal "ho, ho, ho" jolly old Saint Nick, but rather a blunt pot-bellied, tattooed, cigar-smoking, drinking, cursing (not too bad) Santa who is finally telling kids exactly what he thinks!

Extended Review:
You've simply got to get this book this holiday season! If for some reason it offends you - I apologize, but I don't expect it to offend anyone. My parents were here when we read it out loud, and if anyone would have been offended, it would have been my Mom, who took everything in stride and laughed as much as the rest of us! While you are at it, pick up a copy for someone else who deserves a good laugh!

Characters: Santa is hilarious!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Been out shopping?

...Have you REALLY been enjoying the hustle and bustle of the crowds in the Mall? Trying to get that "in" doll or electronic game?

Or contrarily, are you already fed up with the endless ads that your children have absorbed and repeat-- robot like-- over and over. **We want .... We need ....**

If that's you, or someone you know, let me suggest "Santa Responds". It's a glib little book that will have you snickering with glee at what's naughty, not nice.

The format is one of letters and responses. The children's acquisitive letters are on the left, with the man in red's snarky responses on the right. The children's requests are on lined paper and in various goofy kid-like fonts, while Santa's glib responses appear typed on the right, on official North Pole stationary.

And example of which follows:

Dear Marisol,

You had me all the way through your letter, but then you went and blew it at the very end by ratting out your sister. What kind of a traitor are you? I know full well what your sister is capable of, but up until now I never suspected how small and petty you could be. It saddens me that the lovely Wedgewood Tiny Tea Service I had set aside for you, and the giant-size stuffed Simba we've been working to complete for months, will now be going to someone far more deserving.

Perhaps your sister.

Cheers!

Santa

This is a funny book for adults who need a little break from the Holiday spirit. It's not a book to read all in one sitting. (There's not enough variation for that.) But instead, a book to be savored a tableau at a time, here and there, for Holidays to come. A nice gift idea the Scrooges in your life. [[3.5 Stars]]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason VINE VOICE on July 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Do you constantly feel holiday stress and become angry with the crowds? Does the sound of perpetual Christmas music make you want to stab someone? Did you enjoy Billy Bob Thornton's portrayal of Santa in the movie Bad Santa? Does the sight of snot-nosed, spoiled brats inevitably named Dakota or Tristen being fawned over by their ignorantly pretentious and criminally lenient parents cause you to become a boiling cauldron of misanthropy?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above - or all of them like I did - then this book is a perfect stocking stuffer for you.

In Santa Responds: He's Had Enough...and He's Writing Back!, Santa replies to 50 different children's letters on official, "Santa Enterprises, North Pole" letterhead. In each reply he displays a caustic wit and a no-nonsense, no-BS attitude. Part psychotherapist, part disillusioned curmudgeon, he bluntly attacks the culture that has children today pampered to the extent that any sort of misbehavior is characterized as a "disorder," replying to one child with, "it's time to see your doctor about taking you off of the meds." Telling one girl that she's not getting a Barbie doll but a Raggedy Ann doll instead because it "better represents [her] future body type;" Santa pulls absolutely no punches.

And do not DARE write Santa with illegible, ebonified nonsense. He'll respond with derision and a grammar lesson aimed at destroying the deluded self-confidence of the little moron begging for presents. My favorite is a quick punctuation lesson given to one undoubtedly mouth-breathing child.
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