Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present

Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present

by John Burningham, John Burmingham
     
 

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When Santa arrives back at the North Pole on Christmas Eve, he is shocked to find one present left in his sack--Harvey Slumfenburger's present. The reindeer have gone to bed, so Santa picks up his sack and makes the long journey to the hut where Harvey lives, along the way catching rides on everything from a snowmobile to a mountain climber's rope. "An entertaining

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When Santa arrives back at the North Pole on Christmas Eve, he is shocked to find one present left in his sack--Harvey Slumfenburger's present. The reindeer have gone to bed, so Santa picks up his sack and makes the long journey to the hut where Harvey lives, along the way catching rides on everything from a snowmobile to a mountain climber's rope. "An entertaining addition to the Christmas shelf."--Kirkus Reviews. Full color.

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Carolyn Phelan
This could be subtitled "How Santa Had a Long and Difficult Journey Delivering One Present." Relieved to be home after a long Christmas Eve, Santa tucks his reindeer into bed, heads for his own pillow, and then discovers that he's forgotten to deliver the one present that poor little Harvey Slumfenburger is likely to get. Rather than disturb his slumbering deer, he sets out on foot. He meets a man with an airplane, a man with a jeep, a boy with a motorbike, among others, and to each he says, "Excuse me . . . my name is Santa Claus. I still have one present left in my sack, which is for Harvey Slumfenburger, the little boy who lives in a hut at the top of the Roly Poly Mountain, which is far, far away. And it will soon be Christmas Day." While kids may be ready to hear that plaintive refrain again and again and again, parents who've read it a half-dozen times will be ready for bed themselves. However, the book's last line, which speculates on the nature of the gift, is a treat, either for dreaming on or for starting one of those mind-boggling preschool story hour "discussions" when everyone talks at once. Featuring his signature ink drawings with watercolor washes and incorporating some wonderful painted backgrounds as well as collage and scratchboard effects, Burningham's large illustrations will keep children rapt. An entertaining Christmas present from a man who knows his audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763635176
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.63(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

John Burningham is the award-winning author and illustrator of numerous children’s books. He lives in London.

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