- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 2 - 3
- Hardcover: 72 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (October 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060509430
- ISBN-13: 978-0060509439
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5–In this sequel to Santa's Twin (Morrow, 1996), the big man's brother Bob tries to help out by building a robotic Santa and reindeer, and trains a gorilla to drive the rocket-powered sleigh. Sure enough, things go wrong; by the time the surrogate St. Nick reaches his first house, he's having major software trouble and is downright scary. Meanwhile, the gorilla takes over the kitchen and starts cooking up a storm. Luckily, Emily and Lottie (stars of the first book) restore order and sanity, with some help from their dog Woofer and the real Santa. The tale is told in many, many rhyming stanzas, which can be rather exhausting to read, but there are enough laughs, wordplay, and clever twists to hold the interest of most kids, especially if they hear it read aloud. The illustrations are slick, smooth, and rather stiff, which works well with the robotic characters but not so well with the real ones; Emily and Lottie look as though they are made of plastic. If Santa's Twin is popular at your library, this title will be a hit as well.–E. M.
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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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It is once again the night before Christmas and once again Santa's twin brother, Bob is in the mix. The difference is that this time the poor, inept but no longer evil twin is trying to help Santa in delivering gifts around the world. Unfortunately, plans can go awry and they definitely do. But, not to worry, it is Christmas time and Christmas is when dreams come true so a happy ending will present itself.
The writing and rhyming and story are wonderful and fun. Once again, I recommend that you sit and read this one out loud-even if you are the entire audience! I also don't think this is intended for kids who still believe or even still pretend to believe in Santa Claus.
I loved every line and every illustration in this book.
The book is hilariously funny and a perfect Christmas Eve read to young(ish) grandchildren! It is written in rhyming form, the "Santa" is well drawn - as is all of Koontz' "characters" and it's a nice, clean fun family read. Buy it, you won't regret it :)