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Red Ranger Came Calling Paperback – September 1, 1997
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Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This book must contain some powerful stuff ... if it can get a cynical crumudgeon like me to read it over and over to my son. Breathed begins his story with the moping, skeptical, don't-trust- anyone-too-much attitude which I immediately find familiar. But... then ... he magically weaves an unlikely tale which transforms that feeling into one of genuine hope. The "Santa" character is wonderfully (and appropriately) ambiguous. The reader,as well as the story's narrator, is not quite sure whether this guy is the real thing -- or yet another impostor. He doesn't fit the mold, that's for sure. But he does come through (at least it seems it was him) in the end. Oh sleighbells! Don't just take my word for it, read the gosh-darn thing, marvel at Breathed's quirky illustrations. And then feel the swell of hope, which is more than just wishing for nifty presents. A sure winner for children of all ages!
I stood there for a good 30 minutes reading the book from cover to cover, every single page. Beautiful, humorous writing; hilarious artwork... and a message. You didn't really get that much during the Bloom County days.
When I got to the end I was in tears. My sister was shopping with me, and I called her over and said, "Read this from the very beginning, every word, don't peak ahead. Stand here until you're done". Soon we both had tears in our eyes
What a funny beautiful way to describe what the love of Christmas does for us:
Sometimes folks need something to believe in.
Sometimes folks need someone to believe in them.
BUT BE CAREFUL! Read this book on your own first, before you read it to your kids on Christmas Eve...because the main character questions whether or not Santa is real, and he does it in a very pre-teen, sarcastic way. It may get kids questioning the whole "Santa" idea in the first place, even though in the end Santa is real. However it takes a somewhat mature reader to figure that out.
Great book, just read it before you share it with your kids.
The Santa in this story isn't the robust, jolly old North Pole Elf from many other tales. In fact, he is a little infirmed and being looked after by the other elves. His hearing is less than perfect, and one of the key moments in the book comes when he thinks he hears "treed" when our hero Red Ranger has actually said "tweed". But by the end of the tale I felt myself getting a little choked up as Santa and Red come through for each other and restore each other's faith in the spirit of Christmas.
The illustrations are fanciful and colorful and allowed me to read a book which SHOULD have been way over the head of my 3 year old niece. She immediately made me read it again, then promise to read it to her again tomorrow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredible story - written by a colleagues childhood friend and Bike is in the tree still in NJ! Saw the real photo!!!! Students love the story!Published 2 months ago by Mocarski
This has been a favorite with our family for years. My 23 year old son asked for a personal copy of his own now that he no longer lives at home. Read morePublished 5 months ago by hallblack
best. christmas. story. EVER! i will never tire of this story. my dad has been reading it to everyone on christmas eve since i can remember and i try to share it with as many... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Laura Largent
Our family received this book as a gift from friends the year it was published. We have read it every Christmas Eve since. A wonderful message and amazing illustrations. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ShelleyM
Just as described, however I believe it was bent during shipment. There is a crease in the book but I was able to repair with book tape.Published 7 months ago by Gary Cooper
One of the funniest books I've read to 5th graders. The pictures keep them entertained as well. Berkeley Breathed is just the best. Read morePublished 7 months ago by karen haag
When my son was a mature first grader, I was a read-aloud mom, volunteering to come in and read a book to the children once a month or so. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Serena G Silvaggio
A really nice Christmas Story. Started reading it to my kids when they were small and they still have fond memories of it as adults.Published 10 months ago by Joe Fields