Dear Santa: The Letters of James B. Dobbins

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Dear Santa,
Here is what I want for Christmas ...

From an aquarium (with a piranha), to earplugs for blocking out his little sister, to a full-size hockey rink, Jimmy wants a lot for Christmas. What Jimmy needs is a little Christmas spirit.

A hilarious series of letters to Santa follows Jimmy's experience one very special holiday season, from his first outrageous requests to ...

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Overview

Dear Santa,
Here is what I want for Christmas ...

From an aquarium (with a piranha), to earplugs for blocking out his little sister, to a full-size hockey rink, Jimmy wants a lot for Christmas. What Jimmy needs is a little Christmas spirit.

A hilarious series of letters to Santa follows Jimmy's experience one very special holiday season, from his first outrageous requests to a final Christmas Eve surprise.

Grammy-nominated singer and storyteller Bill Harley teams up with veteran illustrator R. W. Alley to create an endearing character, a wickedly funny book, and a wholly original celebration of the season!

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Publishers Weekly
Humorist Harley serves up a tasty holiday treat, equal parts hilarious and sweet. Hockey nut and beleaguered big brother James B. Dobbins aims for the moon when composing his Christmas list for Santa, including an aquarium and full-size hockey rink. He follows up with notes reminding Santa of his good behavior and any other incidental gift ideas. But the more Jimmy writes, the more he finds out that he doesn't really need as much as he originally thought, and that giving has its own rewards. Perky watercolor vignettes illustrate the portfolio of hand-written (and occasionally hamster-nibbled) letters. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
James wants a boatload of things for Christmas. He writes a straightforward letter to Santa requesting a huge aquarium, the whole 5,000-card set of Invader cards, a canoe, and other things including earplugs to block out his annoying sister's talking. He continues to tweak the list in subsequent letters. But this tale of greed quietly becomes one of generosity and more modest requests as the story unfolds. Pictures reveal he actually is kind to his annoying younger sister and some of his previous mischief last summer really had an explanation—really. And maybe he does act like a dumbhead sometime but he does not really mean it. (A lost hamster peeks out from several locations before being discovered with surprise.) By the time James posts his last letter to Santa, he has figured it out—giving is fun, his little sister is pretty cool, there are some treats in the freezer for Santa, and he really only wants some new skates and a hockey stick. R. W. Alley's winning cartoony pictures are rich in humorous wintry and seasonal detail. The author gets the story and the sound of the letters right and they are well served by Amelia May Anderson's neat hand-lettering. This is a great gift for readers. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Jimmy Dobbins is a young hockey player who has been very good all year-or so he tells Santa in a letter with a long list of gift requests. Subsequent letters from Jimmy to Santa throughout the month of December gradually reveal a hilarious litany of the previous year's various mischievous incidents at home and at school, along with ongoing sibling squabbles with a younger sister ("the most annoying four-year-old sister on the planet"). The text is told entirely through these letters to Santa, set in a typeface that looks like a child's printing on various kinds of notebook and memo paper. The droll humor of the text is reflected in Alley's cheery illustrations that capture both Jimmy's exuberant antics and earnest attempts at being well-behaved prior to the holiday. By the final page, Jimmy's gift requests have dwindled to just a pair of skates and a hockey stick, with a sincere note (shown held in Santa's mittens) and a heart-felt gift of a hockey puck left out for Santa. There's a lot packed into this holiday package: humorous action, subtle humor and growth in the main character, all wrapped up with authentic reasons for a child to write persuasively. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780066237794
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2005
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Dubbed "the Mark Twain of contemporary kids' music" by Entertainment Weekly, singer, songwriter, and storyteller Bill Harley has entertained children and their parents for more than twenty years as an award-winning performer and a commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. In addition to recording many award-winning albums for kids, he is also the author of Dear Santa: The Letters of James B. Dobbins, illustrated by R. W. Alley.

Mr. Harley performs onstage around the country and lives in Massachusetts. A version of this tale appears on his Grammy Award-winning album Blah Blah Blah: Stories about Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs.

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