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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006057223X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060572235
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 10.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. When he was a senior in college, he won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. Today he is a world-famous author whose novels have sold 225 million copies in thirty-eight languages. He has numerous New York Times adult best-sellers, including his most recent From The Corner Of His Eye. Dean Koontz is also the author of the children's book Santa's Twin. He lives in southern California.


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Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

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This book is fun reading with wacky descriptions and imaginable ryhmes.
NYCPickyMom
I have owned the book for 3 years and we read it @ least 3 times in Dec. (every year).
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Excellent illustrations by Phil Parks, who has worked on other projects with Dean.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on October 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Okay, here's the deal: Santa's got a twin brother. Only Santa's twin isn't nearly so nice--he hogties Santa and leaves him in a dingy dungeon, then steals the sleigh--threatening the reindeer--and spreads Christmas horror throughout the world. It's up to two young sisters, Emmy and Charlotte, to stop him, rescue the real Santa Claus, and restore happiness to the world...before dawn.

Fully of wit and humor people of all ages will enjoy, Dean Koontz's "Santa's Twin", featuring superb illustrations by Phil Parks, is a must-have for holiday fans. Enjoyable rhyme, hidden snowmen in every picture, and little bits of humor drawn into the pictures themselves will delight Koontz fans and casual readers. "Santa's Twin" may not ever become a holiday classic, but it's certainly a holiday tradition around my house!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "koontzcrazy" on May 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
When I was a little boy I loved nothing more than curling up in my bed at night when the latest omnibus of children's horror stories. Dean Koontz has taken his well honed craft and added his touch to this genre, with remarkable results. How I wish this book would have been around when I was a child, I probably would have read it about 10 times by now. I read it myself first to ensure it was suitable for my children and found that I couldn't put it down. When I eventually got round to reading it to the kids it became a war of wills, with them trying to stay awake as long as possible each night trying to intake as much of the story as possible before tiredness took them and they finally crossed over into dreamworld. The fact that as soon as I had finished reading this book, the children asked for me to read it to them again is testament to just how fantastic this book is. For some great family entertainment on a cold winters night then it doesn't come much better than this. I should also state that the illustrations are also remarkable and enhance the enjoyment of the experience. A must for every child's bookshelf.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the funniest children's books I have ever read. My seven year old niece introduced it to me last Christmas. Not only was the story hillarious and rivoting, and the rhyming perfect, but the "find a snowman in every picture" theme kept us enthralled long after the story had been read. The pictures were also quite beautiful, I might add - a tribute to the heights of quality children's books have reached in the past few years. This year I bought this book for all of my other nieces and nephews - as well as a copy for myself!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an awesome Christmas book for late at night during the holiday season. I read this to my 5 year old sister and she loved it! Not only is it a great story but there is the added fun of trying to find the "hidden snowmen" on every page. Not many people know this but this is a sort of "continiunce" of Dean's earlier adult horror book "Mr. Murder". Santa's Twin features the family from that book. The storyline of Twin came from a story that was told to the kids in Mr. Murder. Overall, great Christmas book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on May 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A naughty, inventive & heartwarming epic poem aboutCharlotte & Emily who set out to save Santa from his mischievoustwin - Bob Claus - who has stolen his brother's sleigh, is plotting to make Donner, Blitzen & the rest into reindeer soup & has stuffed Santa's toy bags with mud pies, cat poop & broccoli, yum! Perhaps because I'm adult I roared with laughter while reading this one to the youngsters. I don't know if it damaged them - they sure went through the gamut of emotions & we ended up noses to the pages looking for those special clues. What a gift for folks with a sense of humor! ...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Stiles on December 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While this book may not be for everyone, it is very funny. It is written in a style similar to Dr. Suess with beautiful illustrations and a funny story. The kids that I read this with especially like the "hidden snowman" on every page. This is a great addition to your Christmas collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erika Mitchell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
This book is a modern Christmas classic. Santa has been mugged, tied up and stuffed under the basement stairs by his twin brother, Bob. At first, Bob comes across as malevolent and psychotic, intent on destroying his brother's reputation as well as wrecking everyone's Christmas. But thanks to the efforts of two brave sisters, we find out that Bob is merely jealous of his brother and has forgotten some basic behavioral standards. The story is told entirely in rhyme. Indeed, it is Koontz's clever rhymes that will keep you in stitches-he even finds not one, but two rhymes for halitosis!

Due to the violent beginning, I wouldn't recommend this story for kids under 8, and the opening violent scene makes the story certainly unsuitable for youngsters who still believe in Santa Claus. But those who are not emotionally distraught by the image of Santa Claus as the victim of a violent crime will find the story charming. After the opening scene, the story itself is not that violent, and Bob eventually learns a new moral to take to heart and direct his future behavior.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NYCPickyMom VINE VOICE on December 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Dean Koontz is my favorite writer, so despite my daughter only being 2, I had to get this for her. It has gorgeous illustrations and rhyming text. Santa's twin brother decides to tie Santa up and ruin Xmas. He's tired of being outshined by his brother, Santa and decides to make everyone hate him instead. He lands in a house and leaves horrible presents and ruins their house but his plans are foiled by the two sisters who live there. They overhear what he's done and decide they are the only ones who can save Santa. They rescue Santa and scold his evil twin. Why what would your mother think, they ask him and he realizes the err of his ways. This book is fun reading with wacky descriptions and imaginable ryhmes. The last page asks you if you noticed all the snowmen hiding on each page. They watch over us and report back to Santa. How else would Santa know who's been naughty or nice. My sister and mother in law had a blast trying to find the snowmen. This is a wonderful Xmas tale thet kids will delight in. It isn't scary at all, it's more comical.
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