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Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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*Starred Review* PreS-K. The words are minimal in this exuberant holiday title that explains the extraordinary care and effort Santa puts into his work. It's the images that will truly delight. On each spread, multiple pencil-and-gouache pictures show Santa preparing for the holidays: listening to kids rattle off present requests, taking notes and researching each child, testing and selecting toys. The disparity between the deadpan voice and the energetic, absurd pictures creates perfect comedy: "He finds the best toys in the whole world. He makes sure they are fun to play with," read the straightforward words next to a stream of small pictures showing Santa, clad in outrageously patterned britches and red high-tops, twirling hula hoops around his ample belly, performing somersaults on trampolines, tucking bottles into baby dolls' mouths, and gleefully testing out a unicycle and a pogo stick. As in Rollercoaster (2003), Frazee creates extraordinarily expressive characters and a strong sense of motion in her winsome scenes. Children eagerly anticipating Christmas will thoroughly enjoy this rowdy holiday celebration and its behind-the-scenes, personalized look at a diligent, devoted Santa, who, working alone (there are no elves or a Mrs. Claus in this telling), "gives the exact right toy to the exact right kid, 99.9% of the time . . . no one is perfect. Not even Santa Claus." Gillian Engberg
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"Extraordinarily expressive . . . children . . . will thoroughly enjoy this rowdy holiday celebration."
(Booklist 2005-11-01)

"He tests mechanical toys, bonds with stuffed animals, wraps everything and then carefully selects the right toy for every child."
(Kirkus Reviews 2005-11-01)

"Frazee takes a peek into all of St. Nick's thorough - but oh, so fun - work..."
(Publishers Weekly 2005-09-26)

"A master at creating scenes and moods, ... readers will want to explore repeatedly."
(School Library Journal 2005-10-01)

"Effortlessly clever . . . Frazee delivers the exact right book for the exact right season."
(The Horn Book Magazine)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152049703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152049706
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Santa Claus is a pretty smart person. He knows just about all there is to know about kids, toys and the gifts kids want. And in Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert, the reader is privy to the way Santa gets to know all the world's children.

We're shown how Santa makes sure all the toys are fun and learn that 99.9% of the time Santa, through hard work and practice, makes sure that each child receives the 'exact right toy.' The other 1%? No one is perfect, not even Santa Claus.

Children will be drawn into the story of how Santa does what he does. The illustrations are whimsical and add to the explanation.

Armchair Interviews says: The prediction is that children will read this book and dream of their perfect Christmas toy.
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Sweet Christmas book with whimsical drawings and a light story about the man in red. He works hard, he chooses carefully, and he's "right" about his gift giving choices 99% of the time, because we all make mistakes. Pages are full of thoughtfully creative drawings; I found myself adding to the story line, just to give attention to those many images, allowing my 3 year old nephew to absorb all he sees and hears. It's a great addition to our variety of Christmas-y books.
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I bought this for my 3 year old son as a part of his holiday book collection. Honestly, I think that I like it more than he does! He does enjoy the pictures quite a bit, but the story isn't that engaging for him. Overall, I do recommend it and think it would make a great addition to your library - just for the fun pictures.
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I love the illustrations in this book, Santa on a pogo stick, Santa surrounded by all of his empty mugs of hot coccoa after figuring out the perfect gift for every child (perfect 99.9% of the time).

This book is about how the perfect gift from Santa ends up under the Christmas tree.

I just thought this book was adorable, well written and with fantastic illustrations.
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This children's book from Marla Frazee is a charming picture of Santa's year of hard work and thoughtful preparation for Christmas. I ordered it mainly because I love Frazee's illustations (check out Everywhere Babies and All the World if you haven't already). In this telling, there are no elves or Mrs. Claus, just one very dedicated Santa, captured in detailed illustrations as he tests the toys, talks to the brave children, dreams of the children he can't meet in person, takes copious notes on Post-its, and wracks his brain to chose the best gift for each child. I enjoyed reading this to my daughters (2 and 4 and a half), but I noticed on Christmas morning that it had a great side effect- my older daughter seemed extra appreciative of her gifts and the work that went into them being carefully selected just for her. The book even mentions that Santa gets it right 99.9% of the time, because nobody is perfect...I liked that human-ness to Santa and think it could come in handy. One downside is that the words are very small and printed lightly- tough to read in the low lights at bedtime. Also, there are lots and lots of detailed pictures on each page, so if you've got a compulsive page turning child, they will miss quite a bit. I'd say 4 and up for the ideal age range.
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This is a great book to read at Christmastime. My favorite thing about it is that it focuses on Santa finding the ONE perfect gift for each child (rather than fulfilling a huge list). The illustrations are well-done—amusing and engaging.
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I just got this book for my son, and now I'm buying a copy for my soon-to-be nieces. This is the best Santa story book I've ever read! It's fun and delightful and you can't help but laugh at the big task Santa has every year. You will NOT be disappointed! The illustrations are fantastic and it will bring delight to your face as well as your children's! A must-have for every family!!
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Marla Frazee has put all other Santa books to shame. If you own ONE book about Santa let it be this one. Her words and illustrations perfectly capture this great jolly man. Full of humor, warmth and tenderness it should definitely be in every stocking for generations to come.
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