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Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos Hardcover – October 24, 2000

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Things are getting hairy for heavyweight present-delivering champion of the world Santa Claus in Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos. The elves are making like South Park miscreants, mooning the boss, talking trash, and watching Raw Is War on TV instead of working. Seven reindeer are having a "schmozz" (free-for-all) against Rudolph, resentful of his song royalties and uppity attitude. Cupid just "nailed poor Rudolph's nose with a People's Hoof," Rudolph threatens to send Santa to jail, and Santa wants to go on strike.

But Mrs. Claus saves the day by calling in those elfin fellows, the World Wrestling Federation Superstars. Santa cheers right up--even though, "for the first time in his life, / A Superstar had mistletoe and tried to kiss his wife." The holiday doggerel by WWF star and bestselling author Mick Foley is fairly amusing, and the colorful illustrations by wrestling announcer Jerry "The King" Lawler are surprisingly good. His Mad-like caricature of Mick captures the man's missing-teeth grin and raffish mien at least as well as Yellow Submarine evoked the Beatles.

Parents, don't fret: the scariest picture is Rudolph with a nosebleed, and all bad language is rendered thus: "bleep bleep." The cruelest line in the book is this: "One child wanted Al Snow's Best Matches, though no such tape existed." Henceforth, we'll all just have to refer to the noted arm-twister turned author as "good saint Mick." --Tim Appelo

About the Author

Mick Foley is the former Commissioner of the World Wrestling Federation and one of its biggest Superstars. He loves amusement parks, is an American history buff, and can withstand more pain in one hour than most of us could in a lifetime. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Have a Nice Day! and Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos. He currently lives in New York State with his wife and three children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (October 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060394145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060394141
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My kids loved this book. Mick Foley has one amazing imagination and this book truly has it all.
I read Foley's first book, and it was sensational. This is not too far behind. Besides having one hilarious storyline, Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos sincerely brings home the true meaning of Christmas. It is a soon-to-be modern Christmas classic that flows so nicely.
I had absolutely no idea that Jerry "The King" Lawler was such a talented artist, and his illustrations definately add to the book's overall good feel. The characatures are so well done and add lots of tremendous color to a book already rich in a colorful plot.
This book is an excellent read, and a nice new book for the holiday season. Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos is a "can't miss" for any families with children.....and that's the bottom line!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderfully written. A great follow up to "Have a Nice Day!" Foley, a World Wrestling Federation Superstar, has a excellent imagination about him. He has what it takes to succeed in two areas of expertise, wrestling and writing. A great book, Christmas Chaos! is sure to put the "umpf!" back into Christmas for all!
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By A Customer on November 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Cute, funny, heartfelt! It was a joy to read not only for myself but also for my children. Whether or not you're a fan of the WWF, Mick Foley has written a Christmas book that is definately worth owning. The story is funny and sweet and makes a person realize just what Christmas really is about.
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I bought this to add to my sons book collection since we are wrestling, Mick Foley, and Chirstmas fans! The book is entertaining and the illustrations are nice. It's 2014 as I write this and the wrestlers referenced are a bit out of date as well as the use of WWF. However, I find that makes it all the more entertaining to be able to explain to my boy who those wrestlers are.
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Format: Hardcover
Well, being a fan of wrestling since the start, I went into this with H-I hopes, you know as a wrestling fan, something not stupid that the critics could bash. This is not dumb, infact it is very charming, indeering and a new Christmas classic. Come on, my Grandma even likes it! LoL! Well, the book is about an aging Santa Clause who's life is turning round and round, up side down and every which way. His elfs are on strike, one even streakin across the toy shop! His head reindeer, Rudy is going pre-Madonna on him! And he is becoming more and more out of shape. So Jolly Old Saint Nick must make Mrs. Clause and the rest understand the true meaning of Christmas.
Mick Foley wrote the book exelently with rhymes and humor, giving little hidden incentives about the WWF and Santa's Villiage {His favorite resort} and alot more. And the detail that Jerry "The King" Lawler put into the book was great! I had no idea whatsoever the talent that he has. Well, he did do some drawings in the WWF magazines but I did not think of that. Great all the way!!
The bottom line, pardon the pun, is that this is a great story, with great illistrations and family appreal written all over it! Sorry Wal-Mart, this and the Al Snow dolls are just for fun.
Hope I helped you and picking to read this short. It will take you onl a while to finish.
Bye
Ryan
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A Kid's Review on December 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A funny and very good book by Mick Foley and The King .A boy sends a letter he did not want presents all he was Santa Claus.Very nice pictures drawn by The King.
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This is a children's book from professional wrestler Mick Foley. Foley is the author of two previous memoirs (Have a Nice Day, Foley is Good). The illustrations are done by Jerry "The King" Lawler. The idea of a children's book by a professional wrestler, not to mention one known for the level of violence that Foley is, is a little surprising and I was more than a little bit skeptical. Christmas Chaos is better than I expected.
Santa has been having some problems up at the North Pole. The elves are showing no respect (one is running around naked and mooning Santa) and the reindeer are beating on Rudolph. Everyone is filled with greed and Santa is in despair. In the end he calls up Vince McMahon and a bunch of WWF superstars come and save the day.
While the action is crude, it never goes over the line of what may be appropriate for children. Some parents may question the content, but in my experience (and the success of certain movies) this is what many children find funny, this sort of slapstick action.
One thing that must be mentioned is the inclusion of WWF superstars. While this was done cleverly and was written well, it is also extremely dated and will only become more so as time goes on. A truly good children's book will stand up over time, but I doubt this one will. Children will not recognize the wrestlers and in another 5 years very few of them will be recognizable. This hurts the ending portion of the book. Since I recognized everyone, I enjoyed this children's book and thought it was fairly clever and well written. I'm not sure what the reaction of children will be this year and in 5 years.
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Format: Hardcover
Mick Foley has again released a great book for all to enjoy. Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos is a wonderfully written and entertaining book for the holiday season. Not only is it very funny, but the artwork is great too. The whole family will enjoy this book.
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