- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: White Knights Publishing (September 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 095540360X
- ISBN-13: 978-0955403606
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.2 x 10.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,853,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quirky Claus: The Masterfully Madcap Mishaps of an Impossibly Incompetent Santa! Paperback – September 30, 2007
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Quirky Claus is a children’s picture book that tells the tale of a rather…well…quirky Santa-Claus-type character and his trusty companion, Timothy Toucan.
Reading Quirky Claus brought me back to my childhood days [and that's no small task, given how far back those days are!]. I remember spending hours looking through a single picture book, so full of detail and immersive were the illustrations! I’d memorize every detail, imagining myself in the world the writer and illustrators created.
Quirky Claus is no different. Full-color illustrations that explode off the page! The colors are vibrant and perfectly selected to convey the polar setting in which the story takes pace. And the brief journey to Antigua Bay puts you right under the sea with a couple of hungry sharks. If you haven’t grasped what I’m saying here, let me break it down: the illustrations are just plain gorgeous!
It’s a magical story full of personality and hijinks, with characters that will have your children laughing for some time. While it’s clearly a holiday-style story, it contains a message that parents will want their children to hear year round: Be Good! Speaking as a parent here, I wish it were around when my son was younger.
The book looks stunning, with high – quality pictures that feel to me like classic children’s cartoons – Rupert springs to mind – collided with cartoon Christmas cards. The colours are rich and eye – catching for a child. Blues, reds, yellows and reds abound.
There are lovely moments of detail – my 4 year old especially liked the faces on the animals – at one stage Quirky Claus is knocked flying from his sleigh by a bucking reindeer. The cartoon reindeer grimaces, whilst others look on in consternation – a toucan definitely smirks when they crash. He laughed out loud and wanted it read again and again.
The language is not patronising or dumbed down, for which I am always grateful as a parent. “Unexpected”, “agitated”, “cranky” and “multi-coloured” were some of the words we learnt.
Ideal present for your 4-8 year old
Be on your best behaviour or you may receive a present from the dark side.