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Santa Calls Hardcover – September 28, 1993
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Top Customer Reviews
"Santa Calls" offers MORE than pretty illustrations (they are more like, art-deco "way-cool.") And the story explores, among other things, sibling rivalry, the earnest hopes of children to be accepted fully into family life, the importance of sometimes keeping secrets, and the potential of redemption in misguided kids (Whew! Sounds like a good dose of substance to me!) Best of all, the Mrs. Santa is NOT the stereotypical "Jonathan Winters in drag" sort of depiction. She is classy and stylish (what a coat and hat!) and has a noticeable tinge of self-confidence. THIS is the "Mrs. Claus" that *I* want to believe in!
The end of the book consists of two letters -- one from the central girl character and another which is a response from the Big Guy himself. They appear to be the real things -- conveniently pasted into the back cover of the book! Nice way to get kids to appreciate the art of letter-writing at an early age. Do call on this book, you won't be disappointed.
Typical of Joyce's "Dali-esque" illustration, the North Pole takes on a surreal appearance, and the story takes a wild turn, with a neat little surprise in the epilogue. Joyce never fails to delight his readers with his wry view of life. This book is a wonderful foil for the more traditional holiday reads for kids, and one the grown ups can enjoy fully as well.
Spunky Art Atchison, along with Spaulding his pal and Esther his little sister have a thrilling adventure after Santa calls them all North. They battle dark elves and evil queens with gee-whiz pluck (and a candy-bomb of Art's own design). But even THAT isn't the big hug in the book---it's the very end that makes this gem a keeper. Few read those two letters and go away untouched.
Every year several gooey Christmas books come out, both religious and secular, and very few are worth much. But years after purchasing this one, we still pull it out and comb the rich pictures for new details. Forget the "Ages 5-9" recommendation for this: "Santa Calls" is for everybody!
A magical, gorgeously illustrated tale that will capture kids' imaginations. Parents will love the message revealed at the end of the story-- that family is everything (something Santa understands).
Highly, highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably my favorite William Joyce Book. Fantastic art (5 out of 5 stars). Fantastic Story (5 out of 5 stars). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Truthful Reviews
For the past 22 years, I read a Christmas story for my grandchildren to listen to on Christmas eve. It's getting harder & harder to find good stories as they get older. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Patty Cakes
I love the illustrations of all these wonderful William Joyce books. The Sandman and Man in the Moon were purchased for my grandniece as my daughter gave me these years ago. Read morePublished 19 months ago by M. E. Tormey
art and esther and spauiding wanted to know what S.C. means on the box. but the dark witch and her dark elves will stop them. Read morePublished 20 months ago by MRS CRAVEN
The best!! The grandkids would listen to it year round if we didn't put it away, fabulous illustrations and a great time when we read it.Published 21 months ago by L. Lee Ledgerwood
It first I wasn't real sure about this story and almost put it down and didn't finish it but something about it made me want to keep reading... and I am so glad I did! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Rosa Cline
I live in Shreveport where William (Bill) Joyce is from. All of his books are a delight to read. Plan to pass it on to the next generationPublished on February 6, 2014 by susieq
This is a delightful story with beautiful pictures. My four year old son enjoys the adventure but found "bad guys" a little scary. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by purplehehs