Auntie Claus: Home for the Holidays

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Overview

Have you heard? New York is the new North Pole!

Just ask Auntie Claus!

Sophie Kringle had always dreamed of being the Sugar Plum Fairy in the school play. After all, Sophie is a Kringle. Her family lives at the Bing Cherry Hotel, and her favorite aunt, Auntie Claus, serves Christmas cookies at teatime — even in July. When Auntie Claus hears that Sophie will make her debut in the school play, she decides to have her cake and eat it too — this ...

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Overview

Have you heard? New York is the new North Pole!

Just ask Auntie Claus!

Sophie Kringle had always dreamed of being the Sugar Plum Fairy in the school play. After all, Sophie is a Kringle. Her family lives at the Bing Cherry Hotel, and her favorite aunt, Auntie Claus, serves Christmas cookies at teatime — even in July. When Auntie Claus hears that Sophie will make her debut in the school play, she decides to have her cake and eat it too — this year Auntie Claus will be home for the holidays and the North Pole will move south to New York! Finally getting to see the tree at Rockefeller Center, the department store windows, and the 57th Street Snowflake with Auntie Claus — Sophie will have a Christmas that she never could have imagined!

Join Sophie on an adventure that goes straight to the heart of Christmas! Bring along your favorite Christmas cookie recipe, your warmest coat, and your tutu!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“New York will be the new North Pole!” declares cherry-haired Auntie Claus—she's decided to forgo her annual “business trip” up north so her niece, Sophie, can perform in the school play. Christmas characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future flock to the decadent Bing Cherry Hotel, but transforming the Big Apple into the North Pole comes with humorous complications. Primavera's vibrant acrylics fill the city to the brim with holiday energy (including the milky glow of the aurora borealis), making the third in the series an enchanting spectacle. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
It is hard to make sense of this holiday-themed book. The moniker "Auntie Claus," splashed as it is across the cover, is attention-getting. Who is this Auntie Claus? What sort of modern Christmas tale is this, one might wonder? Unfortunately, the story itself disappoints. Sophie Kringle has to decide between being the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker at Miss Crumpet's School for Young Ladies and Gentleman or going on her annual seasonal "business" trip with Auntie Claus. But Auntie Claus does not see it that way. She decides to stay in New York for Christmas because, she says, "You can have your cake and eat it too. At Christmastime that is the rule!" Soon, Auntie Claus seems to be running Christmas from the hotel. Many strange visitors arrive, including the real Sugar Plum Fairy. Initially eschewing sweets, she is coaxed by Sophie to eat some cake and other goodies. Time passes and we are told that "Red is the new black! New York is the new North Pole!" Christmas snow falls, threatening Sophie's performance at her school. The Sugar Plum Fairy has eaten so many sweets that she can no longer fit into her tutu. Sophie feels guilty, knowing that the Fairy could fit into her tutu. It seems a moot concern when the tutu is blown out of her hands and onto the tip of the hotel. Fortunately, Santa arrives and gives Sophie a lift to retrieve her costume. She gives her tutu to the Sugar Plum Fairy so that Christmas in New York is not ruined but then cannot perform in her school play. Auntie Claus proclaims she has the solution to this problem and whisks Sophie off to the North Pole, where she dances around in her coat. It seems the book's inhabitants find this to be a mostagreeable conclusion, but I felt it was a muddle. It is hard to see how the solution fits the problem at all, and that is not the only problem with this book. How is it that the adult Sugar Plum Fairy's overindulgence in sweets plumps her out to the size of a very young girl? Was the fairy ridiculously skinny before? Was Sophie unhealthily overweight? What does any of this mean? It must mean that sequels are all the rage. The star of Auntie Claus and its sequel, Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas is back. Odds are good her longtime fans may pick up this title, too. But smart shoppers unfamiliar with this series will stop to read between the covers and will not be adding this book to their holiday traditions. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4–Can you really have your cake and eat it, too? Sophie Kringle’s Auntie Claus (Santa’s sister) certainly thinks so. When Sophie has the opportunity to play the Sugar Plum Fairy in her school’s presentation of The Nutcracker, she is thrilled, but also sad, because her favorite aunt will be away on her annual “business trip.” Not true, insists Auntie Claus. They’ll just move the North Pole to New York City. It sounds like a good idea, but of course chaos ensues. Ghosts (Christmas Past, Present, and Future), elves, reindeer, and the real Sugar Plum Fairy descend upon the Bing Cherry Hotel, and the city is covered with snow and ice. As always, Primavera’s exuberant and stylized acrylic paintings fill each page with color and excitement, and interesting details reward careful viewers. Fans of the first two Auntie Claus stories will not be disappointed.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Santa Claus's big sister is back for a third holiday adventure with her great-niece Sophie (Auntie Claus, 1999). This time Sophie has won the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy in her dancing school's Christmas Eve performance, and Auntie Claus decides to move the whole North Pole operation to New York City so she won't miss Sophie's solo. As New York grows colder and snowier, Sophie interacts with an adult Sugar Plum Fairy from a professional ballet company, and there are frantic plot twists and turns involving too-small and missing ballet tutus. In a rushed conclusion, Auntie Claus, Sophie and the dancing-school kids fly back to the North Pole and perform the ballet there. As is often the case with later entries in a series, the bloom is off the (Christmas red) rose with this overblown effort. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416954859
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 152,278
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elise Primavera

Elise Primavera is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Auntie Claus series and the popular Gum Street Girls Series. She is also the author of the Louise the Big Cheese books and other award-winning titles. She lives in New Jersey, and you can visit her at ElisePrimavera.com.

Elise Primavera is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Auntie Claus series and the popular Gum Street Girls Series. She is also the author of the Louise the Big Cheese books and other award-winning titles. She lives in New Jersey, and you can visit her at ElisePrimavera.com.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    A wonderful book for reading aloud

    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.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Great series

    The Auntie Claus books are great read aloud books for the holidays. The children love them & so do the parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    Outstanding read to Grand Daughter

    All I can say is that reading this to and with my 7 yo grand daughter was a delight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    The Amazing Mr. McSheehy's Class Book Review

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    We loved this magical story and we loved the adventuresof Auntie Claus. We, also, loved the magical ride of the elevator.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2003

    Great Pictures!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2000

    INCREDIBLE

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    a reviewer

    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.

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    Posted February 9, 2009

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