Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus: A Picture Book

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Uh-oh! It's Christmas Eve and Santa Claus is under the weather! Can Mrs. Claus save Christmas?

Following up on the success of the bestselling holiday gift book comes a brand-new picture book, destined to become a new Christmas classic. Featuring the brand's signature watercolor art with completely new, adorable text, this picture book is the perfect addition to every family's holiday tradition.

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Overview

Uh-oh! It's Christmas Eve and Santa Claus is under the weather! Can Mrs. Claus save Christmas?

Following up on the success of the bestselling holiday gift book comes a brand-new picture book, destined to become a new Christmas classic. Featuring the brand's signature watercolor art with completely new, adorable text, this picture book is the perfect addition to every family's holiday tradition.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The short text, fun pictures, and underlying message (Mrs. Claus is really a stand-in for whatever adult in a child's life makes sure that the details are taken care of) make this a decent choice for a holiday storytime." - School Library Journal

"Sisters Jeannie Schick-Jacobowitz and Susie Schick-Pierce, along with Jeannie's daughter Muffin Drake are the wonderful creative team behind A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus (Walmart, $14). When Santa gets the flu, it's up to Mrs. Claus to come through and save the day. Kids will love reading this beautifully and whimsically illustrated book to find out if Mrs. Claus can get everything done in the nick of time to save Christmas." - sheknows.com

"This is a wonderful and fun book to add to your holiday collection when you read by the fire. The pictures are vibrant and silly and will capture your child's attention.
" - parentclickreviews.com

"Behind every successful man stands a great woman, and this cute story for young children recounts the hard work Mrs. Claus must undertake when Santa falls ill on Christmas Eve. (Personally, I'm quite sure that Mrs. Claus does more than her share of the work even when her hubby is in good health.)" - thismomloves.blogspot.com/

"This is the perfect book to add to your Christmas book collection. My 4 year old thought it was super cute and funny. Every year come Christmas time I will be getting this book out to add a little humor and perspective on the other side of things with the help of Mrs. Claus. I think a Mom can especially enjoy this as more often than not our daily work goes unnoticed.
" - /www.outnumbered3-1.com

"The story is fairly simple and meant for younger children as a sweet story, more to read to them than to read on their own. I have to give it props for using one of my favorite words "hullaballoo" ...I love the idea of Mrs. Claus playing a bigger role in Christmas and in Santa's life." - 5minutesformom.com

"Honestly, in our house this story is exactly how Christmas happens. Thankfully these ladies find a much more fun way to tell it. " - mamachallenge.blogspot.com

"Proving that behind every great man is a great woman comes A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus. When Mr. C. is sick, it's up to Mrs. C to take over Christmas duties. She helps deck the halls, tends to the reindeer, and preps for a night of gift-giving. Will Santa recover in time? Find out in this adorable book which will have you clapping for Mrs. Claus! " - celebrityparentsmag.com

"This book is cleverly written, and very entertaining...the perfect addition to every family's holiday tradition." - bargainmamabutstillsexy.doodlekit.com/

"Mrs. Claus as she saves the day in A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus by Susie Schick-Pierce, Jeannie Schick-Jacobowitz and Muffin Drake-Policastro ($15.99 hardcover, ages 4+). Readers will be on the edge of their seats when they join Mrs. Claus as she hustles and bustles to save Christmas day. From wrapping the last presents to trimming the trees, Mrs. Claus, does it all, just in the nick of time. " - grandmasbriefs.com

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—We've seen this scenario before… "It's the day before Christmas,/But Santa's sick with the flu!/Mrs. Claus has a problem:/'There's still so much to do!'" The missus, with her cat's-eye glasses, bobble earrings, and whipped-cream hair, becomes increasingly frazzled as she takes care of the last-minute details: letters, presents, decking the halls, baking the cookies, and so on. Santa is miraculously cured just in time to jump into the sleigh and make the deliveries (and get all the credit), but in this case children are invited to applaud the hard work of his better half. Malinow's watercolors add just the right amount of bounce and whimsy to the proceedings. The short text, fun pictures, and underlying message (Mrs. Claus is really a stand-in for whatever adult in a child's life makes sure that the details are taken care of) make this a decent choice for a holiday storytime.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A slight story about Mrs. Claus and her efforts to fill in for Santa when he gets sick on Christmas Eve. A family team of two sisters and one of their daughters created this short, mildly amusing story about Mrs. Claus rushing about the North Pole to get everything ready for the big night. (A previously published version by this team with the same title focused on Mrs. Claus on the day after Christmas.) This time she answers letters to Santa, trims the trees and decks the halls, bakes cookies and wraps presents with the help of the elves. Just as the reindeer are hitched up to the sleigh, Santa reappears in time to deliver the toys himself. The unspoken subtext is that Mrs. Claus (read: moms of the world) have to work at warp speed to pull off the Christmas carnival and thus deserve some praise. The brief rhyming text has some logic issues: Why would Mrs. Claus need to answer children's letters to Santa on Christmas Eve? Whose trees and halls does she decorate? Charming watercolor illustrations in candy-bright colors include decorative borders full of ornamental Christmas details, and Mrs. Claus has a delightful spiral beehive hairdo, but the cheery art doesn't offset the less-than-innovative text. Just a bit of applause for this one. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402270857
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeannie Schick-Jacobowitz and Susie Schick-Pierce are sisters and collaborators and a powerful creative team, along with Jeannie's daughter Muffin Drake. The three have collaborated on numerous mini-books and gift books, which have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Susie lives in Leesburg, Virginia, and Boca Raton, Florida, and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

Jeannie Schick-Jacobowitz and Susie Schick-Pierce are sisters and collaborators and a powerful creative team, along with Jeannie's daughter Muffin Drake. The three have collaborated on numerous mini-books and gift books, which have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Jeannie lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, and Langley, Washington.

Jeannie Schick-Jacobowitz and Susie Schick-Pierce are sisters and collaborators and a powerful creative team, along with Jeannie's daughter Muffin Drake. The three have collaborated on numerous mini-books and gift books, which have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Muffin lives in West Allenhurst, New Jersey.

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