What did Santa use to pull his sleigh before he had reindeer? Dinosaurs!

Santa Claus reminisces about "the good old days" when dinosaurs pulled his sleigh. The Tyrannosaurus rex wouldn't stop licking Santa, the Pterosaurs flew too high, and the Maiasauras ate presents when no one was looking! Santa thinks the reindeer are a treasure. But when he and his old dinosaur pals ...
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What did Santa use to pull his sleigh before he had reindeer? Dinosaurs!

Santa Claus reminisces about "the good old days" when dinosaurs pulled his sleigh. The Tyrannosaurus rex wouldn't stop licking Santa, the Pterosaurs flew too high, and the Maiasauras ate presents when no one was looking! Santa thinks the reindeer are a treasure. But when he and his old dinosaur pals look in on a little girl who's sleeping, he admits that sometimes he misses "the good old days."

Children will love meeting Santa's prehistoric friends in Jerry Pallotta's silly and sweet new classic. Beautifully illustrated by Howard McWilliam, DINOSAUR CHRISTMAS is a Christmas like no other!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Santa takes a stroll down Memory Lane to the good old, old, old days when dinosaurs, not reindeer, pulled his sleigh. He offers fond and funny recollections of the dinos he tried out for the job: “Triceratops were steady and ready... but a bit slow,” he writes as a pair of them study a map and sip coffee from travel cups. Various anthropomorphic dinosaurs tromp through snowy scenes in a story that mainly shows off McWilliam’s goofy mashups of the prehistoric and the modern—from the styracosauruses wearing tool belts and hardhats as they present Santa with a list of union demands to a trio of stegosauruses strung up with Christmas lights and ornaments on a “merry, spiky, pointy Christmas.” Ages 5–7. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

Praise for F IS FOR FENWAY (written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by John Dykes)
"Pallotta writes with such infectious enthusiasm ... that readers will join him in appreciating and admiring all that makes Fenway a monument to the great American sport." --BOOKLIST

Praise for WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN (written by Jodi Moore and illustrated by Howard McWilliam)
The author "gives McWilliam (I NEED MY MONSTER) plenty of room to exercise his considerable gifts for operatic expressiveness and expertly choreographed physical humor." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Praise for I NEED MY MONSTER (written by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliam)
"Dramatic in perspective, McWilliam's exaggerated, digitally colored art renders the monsters in a spectrum of neon hues and outlandish shapes." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
A girl writes Santa on a postcard and asks what pulled his sleigh before reindeer. Santa tells that in prehistoric time his sleigh was pulled by dinosaurs. "Triceratops were steady and ready...but a bit slow." The picture shows one triceratops looking at a map while the other holds coffee in a plastic cup. When six Parasaurolophus pull the sleigh, they honk and squeak too loud. Pterosaurs flew too high. A Giganotosaurus was a mistake. He was seen chasing a squirrel while attached to the sleigh. Tyrannosaurus rex would not stop licking Santa. Maiasauras ate the presents. The text says "Bad dinosaurs! I'm telling your mother!" Stegosauruses are seen decorating their spikes with lights and their tails with Christmas balls. The long necked Apatosaurus is seen delivering a wrapped present to a cave while Santa waits in the sleigh. Now Santa uses reindeer. The end says, "But sometimes I miss the good old days. Merry Christmas!" The picture shows the girl in bed, with Santa and prehistoric animals looking in the window. Children in this age group will get a kick out of this humorous Christmas story. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545677998
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,350,588
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's books, including WHO WILL GUIDE MY SLEIGH TONIGHT?, APPLE FRACTIONS, and THE HERSHEY'S MILK CHOCOLATE MULTIPLICATION BOOK. His combination of interesting facts, detailed research, humor, and realistic illustrations have mesmerized countless children across the United States. You can visit him at www.jerrypallotta.com.

Howard McWilliam is the illustrator of I NEED MY MONSTER, by Amanda Noll, and WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN, by Jodi Moore. Howard left his career as a U.K. magazine editor and journalist in 2005 to concentrate on his growing career as a cartoonist and illustrator. He has won various awards and competitions for his work and has been published in a wide range of U.K. magazines and newspapers, including THE DAILY TELEGRAPH and THE WEEK. He lives in Kingston Upon Thames, England, with his wife, Rebecca.

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