How Santa Lost His Job

How Santa Lost His Job

by Stephen Krensky, S.D. Schindler, S.D. Schindler
     
 

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Santa has the best job he can think of — brining presents each Christmas to children all around the world. Every year he prepares for his trip: He trims his beard, takes a bath, gets dressed, and packs up his sleigh fort he long night ahead. But there are always a few unexpected delays that make things a little hectic. Muckle, one of the elves who helps

Overview

Santa has the best job he can think of — brining presents each Christmas to children all around the world. Every year he prepares for his trip: He trims his beard, takes a bath, gets dressed, and packs up his sleigh fort he long night ahead. But there are always a few unexpected delays that make things a little hectic. Muckle, one of the elves who helps Santa, thinks he can come up with a more efficient way of delivering the toys — a method that won't involve Santa at all.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
School Library Journal, starred review [Krensky's] text and Schindler's wonderfully energetic illustrations depict the elusive qualities that make Santa the best choice [for the job].
Publishers Weekly
In How Santa Lost His Job by Stephen Krensky, illus. by S.D. Schindler, downsizing hits the North Pole when the elves vote to sack Santa in the name of efficiency. Clever, humorous details abound in Schindler's pen-and-ink art (the elves upgrade to computer ordering; reindeer help Santa clean house). A fitting follow-up to How Santa Got His Job. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The preposterous notion of the title coupled with an elf scraping Santa's name off the window right on the cover should be enough to bring this book off the shelf repeatedly. Young readers won't be disappointed¾there are nice elves and mean ones, a bit of suspense, a few races and contests, and a happy ending. It all begins when the elves become frustrated with Santa's slow, disorganized style. Muckle the elf creates a "Deliverator," the high tech answer to putting Santa out of a job. Deliverator wins all the contests with Santa hands down¾matching the most children with gifts, getting ready to go on Christmas Eve, dealing with cookies before heading back up the chimney. But then what does Deliverator do when it's not programmed to handle those few last minute packages or avoid the storm clouds up ahead? It spins around in circles and delivers nothing but a chance to Santa to get back on the job. The 19th century cartoon style illustrations are brightly detailed and surrounded by drafting paper filled with sketches of machines to speed up holiday gift-giving. In the end, "nobody talked of replacing Santa again...new delays and mix-ups...(were) all perfectly normal." 2001, Simon & Schuster, $15.00 Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-In this companion to Krensky's How Santa Got His Job (S & S, 1998), St. Nick faces a common work dilemma-the automation of his job responsibilities. When the elves grumble about his inefficiency, nerdy Muckle invents the Deliverator, a robotic replacement for Santa. The old man protests, "There's more to my job than meets the eye," but allows the elves to judge for themselves-man versus the machine. Subsequent text and Schindler's wonderfully energetic and detailed illustrations depict the elusive qualities that make Santa the best choice. When the Deliverator malfunctions and crashes on Christmas Eve, the jolly man graciously and with the utmost professionalism resumes his duties. "After that, nobody talked of replacing Santa again. Each year there were new delays or mix-ups. But the elves didn't mind. They realized now that this was all perfectly normal." Even libraries that don't own How Santa Got His Job will want to purchase this title, both for holiday enjoyment and for classroom use.-L. F. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Assembly-line workers are being replaced by machines-but Santa? That's just what Muckle the elf has in mind. Annoyed at Santa's last-minute changes and the inefficiency of the whole setup, he decides there must be a better way. Behind the text boxes, readers can see the incredibly detailed blueprints for Muckle's wondrous new machine, the Deliverator. In lighting speed it matches children's letters with a gift. It can travel around the world in one night, and zip up and down chimneys to make deliveries. But Clara, the mail carrier, has her doubts that the Deliverator can do everything that Santa does. After all, who will eat the milk and cookies, and who really knows the children as well as Santa? Predictably, a glitch causes the Deliverator to fail-and during the most hectic year of all. But the uncomplaining elves have learned that Christmas is not about a schedule, rather about caring, something that can't be programmed into a computer. And Santa makes a couple of changes of his own: the elves now track orders from a bank of computers in the workroom. However, his other major change-marriage to Mrs. Claus at the finale-seems not to fit in with the flow of the story. Krensky (Shooting for the Moon, p. 802, etc.) has crafted a tale with an obvious lesson, but somehow this does not detract. Rather, it highlights the importance of personal attention and the "little things" in the celebration of Christmas. This is a wonderful complement to Krensky's first Santa book, How Santa Got His Job (1998), which documents the job experiences and skills that make him perfect for the position. Schindler's (The Cod's Tale, p. 1294, etc.) drawings are masterworks of detail, from the reindeer snitchingcookies in Santa's kitchen, to the steam coming from Muckle's head as he has to reprogram the Deliverator. Keep on truckin', Santa. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689871474
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
10/05/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,151,778
Product dimensions:
9.32(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD310L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen Krensky is the author of more than a hundred books for children, including How Santa Got His Job (an ALA Notable Book) and Big Bad Wolves at School. He and his wife, Joan, live in Lexington, Massachusetts. You can visit him at StephenKrensky.com.

S. D. Schindler is the popular and versatile illustrator of many books for children, including Big Pumpkin and the ALA Notable Book Don't Fidget a Feather, both by Erica Silverman, How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky, and Johnny Appleseed by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benét. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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