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An Elk Dropped In
     

An Elk Dropped In

by Andreas Steinhofel, Kerstin Meyer (Illustrator), Alisa Jaffa (Translator)
 

An unexpected visitor makes Christmas special for a little boy. While performing a trial run for Santa Claus—the reindeer are far too dainty and aloof for such risky business—Mr. Moose goes off course and crashes through the roof of Billy Wagner's house, injuring his leg. There's nothing to do but to stay there until he recovers, regaling the family with

Overview

An unexpected visitor makes Christmas special for a little boy. While performing a trial run for Santa Claus—the reindeer are far too dainty and aloof for such risky business—Mr. Moose goes off course and crashes through the roof of Billy Wagner's house, injuring his leg. There's nothing to do but to stay there until he recovers, regaling the family with stories until Father Christmas comes to get him. Billy's fascination with Mr. Moose lifts the little boy's spirits as he faces a new year with hope. This perennial best-seller in Germany will bring Christmas cheer to all readers.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-When an elk crashes through the roof of Billy and Kiki's house in Germany, it hurts its leg and stays there in order to recuperate. It turns out that the articulate Mr. Moose (he speaks five languages) is one of the test-drivers for Santa's sleigh, and he quickly wins over the whole family with his friendliness and charm. After he and the children rescue Santa from a psychiatric institution (after a bit of Grandma's cherry brandy, he tells everyone he's Father Christmas), the Boss is so grateful that he agrees to let Mr. Moose join the reindeer on Christmas Eve. Winsome watercolor illustrations, droll details, and a young narrator who relates both wild and everyday details in the same matter-of-fact tone combine to create a charming, if offbeat, Christmas fantasy.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When Mr. Moose, Santa's sled tester, crashes through the roof of the Webster home shortly before Christmas, it guarantees an unusual holiday season. Mr. Moose has a broken ankle and is going to stay with Billy, his sister Kiki and their mother until it has mended. In the meantime, the Websters have their hands full with unusual dinners, meddlesome neighbors, unearthly travels and unexpected visitors. Gradually, the family comes to love Mr. Moose, and when Santa arrives to fetch him, the children's visiting grandmother postpones the inevitable by serving Santa some alcoholic holiday cheer. Finally, though, it's time for Mr. Moose to say goodbye. Billy is particularly reluctant to see him go, but with Mr. Moose's clout, Billy's Christmas wish for his separated parents to reunite just might come true. The attractive overall design and the appealing nature of the sophisticated cartoon-like illustrations perk up this holiday offering. Unfortunately, the ending is rather saccharine, and asides clearly directed at grownups interrupt the flow of the story. A holiday offering most suited for an adult audience. (Fiction. 7-10, adult)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932425802
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Andreas Steinhöfel was still a student of English and media studies at Marburg when his first stories were published. Since then he has written many children's novels and television scripts and has translated many books into German. Curre

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