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Robot Santa: The Further Adventures of Santa's Twin Hardcover – September 21, 2004
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Told in Koontz's trademark rhyming stanzas with an awkward but amusing meter, the silly verse will surely make kids laugh. Whimsical illustrations show such funny scenes as Robot Santa carting away the furniture, the gorilla in pilot goggles wearing a "kiss the cook" apron, and a mouse creating bedlam as it chases the reindeer through the house. Since this sequel refers back to the original story, it would be best if you have already read the original to the kids before reading them this one. This is a fun Christmas story.
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