Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas

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Auntie Claus is back in this heartwarming story where Christopher Kringle learns the family secret, and that the key to Christmas is to believe.

It's getting toward Christmas at the Bing Cherry Hotel, and Auntie Claus is preparing for her annual "business trip." Just before she is ready to leave, her favorite nephew, Christopher Kringle, begins to have doubts about the family business. To settle the matter, Auntie Claus summons Chris for tea, ...
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Auntie Claus is back in this heartwarming story where Christopher Kringle learns the family secret, and that the key to Christmas is to believe.

It's getting toward Christmas at the Bing Cherry Hotel, and Auntie Claus is preparing for her annual "business trip." Just before she is ready to leave, her favorite nephew, Christopher Kringle, begins to have doubts about the family business. To settle the matter, Auntie Claus summons Chris for tea, but like any self-respecting Kringle, Chris decides to take matters into his own hands: He plans to get on the Bad-Boys-and-Girls List on purpose! Even after his older sister, Sophie, reveals that their great-aunt, Auntie Claus, is really Santa's sister, Chris needs to see for himself, in order to believe.

In this companion to the much loved Auntie Claus , come along on a magical journey with Sophie Kringle's little brother, Chris, to a place you may have seen only in your dreams. And discover that anything is possible, when you have the key to Christmas!

Author Biography: Elise Primavera has illustrated many books for children, including the bestselling Auntie Claus , which she also wrote, and Raising Dragons , which was honored with the Christopher Award. She lives in New Jersey.

When Chris expresses doubt about the existence of Santa Claus, his older sister Sophie reveals that their aunt is really Santa's sister and helper and then sends him on a strange journey.

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Elise Primavera returns with an adventurous companion to her beloved holiday book, Auntie Claus. This time, Santa's big sister is back with a lesson for her grand-nephew Christopher Kringle.

When Christopher hears from the Spam twins that Santa Claus is bogus, he informs his family that he's beginning to doubt Christmas. Thrown into a tizzy, the Kringles sends him straightaway to Auntie Claus, who tells him that "all the best things are invisible...sometimes you need to believe to see." Christopher, however, wants proof and decides to investigate by getting on the the B-B-and-G (bad-boys-and-girls) List. With his aunt's magical key, he travels to the North Pole, where he meets a group of nasty PRUNES (Parade Rainers United National Elite Society) who try to make him a permanent member. But thinking like a true Kringle, Christopher realizes that believing in Christmas is much better, unlocking the door to a pretty spectacular family.

With all the magic and grandness of Auntie Claus, Primavera's follow-up proves to be another winning adventure. The lush artwork and whirlwind story line lend just the right air of majesty and mystery, combining the wonderful strangeness of Willie Wonka, the extravagance of Auntie Mame, and the Christmas flavor of A Miracle on 34th Street. Another modern-day classic for your holiday bookshelves. Matt Warner

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"Great fun."—Publishers Weekly

"Wildly fanciful, swirling, colorful illustrations make this story even more magical."—Children’s Literature

Publishers Weekly
Santa's big sister is back! This time, Auntie Claus's grand-nephew Christopher Kringle is front and center, wreaking havoc at the Bing Cherry Hotel when he repeats the rumor that Santa doesn't exist. Summoned to his great-aunt's penthouse suite, Chris learns of the "B-B-and-G List" (bad boys and girls), and arranges to get himself onto it in order to get to the bottom of the family secret. While the plot is overwrought in places, it's great fun nonetheless, with Auntie Claus's larger-than-life presence presiding over Primavera's vibrant, richly saturated gouaches and pastels. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This lighthearted sequel to Auntie Claus (Harcourt, 1999) continues the adventures of Santa's extended family, the Kringles, who enjoy a life of luxury in the Bing Cherry Hotel in New York City. This time it is her nephew, Kris, who is the focus of the story. After hearing the precocious Spam twins declare that there is no Santa Claus, he, too, begins to doubt and goes on a campaign to be listed on the dreaded Bad Boys and Girls List. His sister Sophie sends him to the North Pole on Auntie's magic elevator, where he encounters the other Bad Boys and Girls, PRUNES (members of the Parade Rainers United National Elite Society) disguised as Snowboys, and ultimately declares his belief in Santa Claus after all. The wordplay and stylish jewel-toned illustrations will appeal to sophisticated adults as well as to kids who, like Kris, say, "I'll believe it when I see it."-V. W. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The inimitable Auntie Claus is back for another Kringle family lesson in the true meaning of Christmas in this successful sequel (Auntie Claus, 1999). This time Auntie Claus’s young nephew, Christopher, decides that he actually wants to be on the B-B-and-G list (that’s the bad boys and girls who won’t be getting any presents). Not only does Chris not believe that Auntie Claus is Santa’s older sister, he also is beginning to have doubts about Christmas altogether. Chris takes his own trip, with the help of Auntie Claus’s diamond key, on the mysterious glass elevator that shoots him straight to Santa’s magical kingdom. There Chris learns that he does indeed believe in Christmas, and that the key to believing is just as Auntie Claus said, "All the best things are invisible. . . . Sometimes you have to believe in order to see." Primavera’s stylish illustrations in jewel tones are darkly lit with just the right sense of mysterious danger and theatrical suspense for this dramatic tale. Several illustrations recall the movie version of The Wizard of Oz : the tall-hatted guard at the enormous door who turns away the outsider on a quest, the army of strange henchmen, the huge disembodied head who rules a group of followers based on their misbeliefs, and a magical snow globe with Chris inside. In fact, the things that Chris learns at the North Pole--believing in yourself, appreciating your family, and the power of the invisible--are the same lessons Dorothy learned in Oz. "There’s no place like home," and for anyone named Kringle, there’s no place quite like the North Pole. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547576794
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 144,310
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elise Primavera

ELISE PRIMAVERA has been writing and illustrating children's books for more than twenty-five years. She has received numerous awards for her work and in 2004 was asked to illustrate the Christmas Brochure for the White House. Her Christmas classic AUNTIE CLAUS earned two stared reviews and was a New York Times Bestseller.

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  • Posted January 11, 2015

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    4.5 Stars This is a book from the Auntie Claus series. This is

    4.5 Stars

    This is a book from the Auntie Claus series. This is the story about young Christopher Kringle who is starting to doubt Christmas. He deliberately acts bad in order to get on the Bad Boys and Girls list to prove it doesn’t exist. However, his actions get him locked out of Christmas and must go on a journey to learn that he must believe in order to see the family’s secret. The majestic pictures are stunning and will be loved by the children while the adults read. This story is sure to be a favorite for the entire family.

    This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister's Books.
    This review was posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    A must for all Aunts

    My nephews and nieces starting calling me Auntie Claus at a very young age.. When the first book came out it was a must, since they receive a new Christmas book each year it was perfect. Referring to Santa's BB&G list (Bad Boys & Girls) brought smiles. We have loved re-reading them each Christmas. It you are an aunt, I highly recommend giving these creative and wonderful books to someone special to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2002

    HO HO HO

    Children will love unlocking the magic of the holiday season with "Auntie Claus and The Key To Chrismas." Elise Primavera's sequel to her best-selling "Auntie Claus" picture book is another merry treat about Sophie Kringle and her mysterious great-aunt, Auntie Claus, who is again preparing to leave on a "business trip" as Christmas approaches. This time, Sophie's precocious little brother, Christopher, becomes involved when he expresses doubt that Santa really has a Bad Boys & Girls List. "I get presents every year," he reasons. "And to be honest, I'm not all that good." It's a funny, beautiful adventure story worthy of it's predecessor.

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