Auntie Claus
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Auntie Claus

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by Elise Primavera
     
 

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Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker-or is she? Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt,Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there's her annual "business trip,"

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Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker-or is she? Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt,Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there's her annual "business trip," right around the holidays. This year Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus's mysterious ways. Put on your mittens and bundle up for an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Ho, ho, ho! 9-1/2 X 11. Full-color illustrations

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year

"A promising bid for holiday bestsellerdom"—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Holiday magic abounds."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A healthy dose of holiday magic abounds in a picture book poised to make a big splash. A little bit Auntie Mame, a little bit Coco Chanel, Sophie Kringle's glamorous great-aunt lives in a penthouse atop Manhattan's Bing Cherry Hotel. Auntie Claus disappears every holiday season on a mysterious business trip and, determined to discover her destination, Sophie stows away and follows her. Larded with scrumptious visual foreshadowing, Primavera's hilariously arch gouache and pastel illustrations are the highlight of this merry confection. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) FYI: The author has established a Web site for the book at www.auntieclaus.com, and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City has chosen Primavera's tale as the theme for its holiday window display. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A grand, if unsubtle, cousin to William Joyce's Santa Calls (1993). Smug little rich girl Sophie Kringle has a great-aunt who lives in high style atop the palatial Bing Cherry Hotel, vacating only for her mysterious annual "business trip" between Halloween and Valentine's Day. One year, Sophie stows away in Auntie Claus's luggage, and ends up at the North Pole, pressed into hard service as an elf. When she catches sight of the Bad-Boys-And-Girls list, and finds her little brother's name on it, she reacts with uncharacteristic, newly mustered compassion, erasing his name and adding her own in it's place; suddenly she's sharing a stage with Auntie, who turns out to be Santa's sister and, having learned that it is better to give than to receive ("the first and final rule," as Auntie calls it), is whisked home just in time for Christmas. Tall and slender in fur-trimmed red, Auntie Claus cuts as elegant a figure amidst the North Pole's snowy bustle as she does in her sparsely appointed New York digs; most of Primavera's expansive scenes are underlit to add an air of mystery, and presided over by looming background figures: Santa, the Statue of Liberty, a huge, moon-faced snowman. A promising bid for holiday bestsellerdom. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547406220
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/27/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD410L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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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Auntie Claus 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
CMBLA More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous illustrations, and a story that reminds me of Travels with my Aunt or Auntie Mame or even a little of the wonderful Aunt everyone should have, who understands just about everything. One copy to keep and one to give away seems nice.
JKurs1 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful holdiay book that I shared with my niece and nephew, ages 6 and 9. They loved the story and the pictures. We read it many times during the holidays! The next Auntie Claus book is on their reading list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Auntie Claus books are great read aloud books for the holidays. The children love them & so do the parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is that reading this to and with my 7 yo grand daughter was a delight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
We loved this magical story and we loved the adventuresof Auntie Claus. We, also, loved the magical ride of the elevator.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We enjoyed Auntie Claus and thought it was magical. We thought that the illustrations were outstanding. It was funny at some points and we really liked Mr. Pudding. The rest is for us to know and you to find out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and the sequel for my niece and we both loved it!! The story was fun and the imaginative pictures were just as entertaining!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellant. My girls loved it and I believe they actually learned from it. I enjoyed reading it and would do it again and again. I only just read the book and already have recommeded it to my co-workers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that it is a very good book.It would be a good chapter book. I would like to see a continuation of the book. I think this book deserves a place on everyone's shelf. I like this book because it really fits the season. The lesson of this book is something we could all learn from. It was so good, a classmate sent it to her cousin in New York. I like the book because it brings alot of light to the Christmas season. The illustrations are wonderful! We all agreed that this story made us think.