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The Man in the Cinder Clouds Paperback – July 12, 2011
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For the kids: The story starts with an adventure gone dreadfully boring as a boy accompanies his dad on an expedition to the North Pole. He discovers that the exotic location can't overcome the drudgery of hanging out with scientists for a few weeks, even if Santa Claus is reputed to live somewhere nearby. The scientists make a discovery in the ice, though, that captures not only Jason's imagination but everyone else's. For one thing, not even the scientists can figure out why the book they've found appears to each person in his native language.
If the book they've uncovered is what it seems, it tells the tale of how Santa Claus came to be the figure we all know today. The traditions and images we associate with Santa are all rooted in his first Christmas venture to find one example of goodness in humanity. He fulfills his own quest while helping a brother and sister who desperately need an ally.
For the grown-ups: THE MAN IN THE CINDER CLOUDS is intricate, with two stories unfolding together as Jason discovers the history of Santa Claus and the children in the Santa story overcome their own hardship by taking care of each other. It's also funny, with humor and references the kids will get but doesn't rely on lowbrow jokes that an older reader would just find silly. The wit shines through in chapter one and the story carries you right through to the end.
I'm going to recommend this one to my school librarian as well as my kid's teachers. Charming, satisfying, warm, and plain old fun to read.
So, you think you know everything there is to know about Santa Claus? Guess again! You don't even know a sliver of the history behind Santa! Did you know Santa is part elf? Yes!
This is not 'just' a children's book, it is a book for adults, as well. It's a story within a story. This magical story captivates you as you read it. It pulls you right into the story.
First allow me to tell you how we learn this story is all about Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, and all the other names he is known as today around the world, in all the different countries. Every year he comes, almost since the beginning of time itself.
This story starts off in the modern world, with Professor Hodgin working at the north pole with other scientists, drilling deep cylinders into the ice studying them for the effects of global warming. One time the professor decides to take his youngest son, Jason, along with him so he could see the type of work he is doing at the North Pole.
Just last year, Jason's older brother, Justin, had told him Santa was not real, but Jason refuses to believe him. As they were on their way to the North Pole, Jason did expect to see Christmas villages, lights, reindeer games, and more. Instead, all he saw was snow, cold, and stuffy old scientists who thought they were fooling him into believing they really had seen an occasional reindeer, and that they did see Santa one time. He knew one thing was true, it was COLD!
As Jason continued to get more bored as each day wore on, all of a sudden there was sudden commotion. The scientists had drilled into one of the deepest areas of ice, and inside that ice cylinder they found a book. They wanted that book and got it out.Read more ›
This book showed me that I do love a good Christmas story. It was a true delight to read. It gave me some levity and goodwill to counterbalance my grumpiness towards the holiday. It was creative, full of wit, and a compelling and intriguing story. I will be reading it to my kids in the nights and years to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't love it. The story lacked depth and and the language sounded like the author was trying too hard. Perfect story for a fifth or sixth grader.Published on November 18, 2013 by Mary
Please read the blurb to learn the premise. Who could resist a book written by an elf about the origins of Santa Clause? Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Sher A Hart
I enjoyed reading this Christmas tale. The author was very creative with how he created the rules that regulate Christmas. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Njoy Silence
Absolutely Breathtaking...The way that the story unfolds in many different ways keeps your attention, old and young alike. Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by J.M. Salster-Homza
Not only am I a book reviewer, I'm also the mother of four kids. Believe me, I've read all the Christmas stories and it's so hard to find anything that feels fresh. This book does! Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by J. Miller
I stumbled across this book, having never heard of the book or the author, but found it to be a fun read fit for the whole family. Ole Kris Kringle really does exist! Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by J. Gaunt
If you are looking for a great gift for Christmas, this is it! The book intertwines a current North Pole research expedition with an interesting Santa Claus origin story. Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by Jack
I just finished reading this book, started about 3 hours ago, I was hooked with the first chapter and couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by Ro