How the Easter Bunny Saved Christmas

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When Santa gets knocked out by a toy train, there's no telling what will become of Christmas. But when Easter Bunny shows up to help, faster than you can say "jack rabbit," Christmas is sure to carry on like normal...or will it?

Join the Easter Bunny and the eight smartest reindeers this side of the North Pole on their quest to start the sleigh in the right direction, to put all the presents under the proper trees, and to keep the old bunny ...

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Overview

When Santa gets knocked out by a toy train, there's no telling what will become of Christmas. But when Easter Bunny shows up to help, faster than you can say "jack rabbit," Christmas is sure to carry on like normal...or will it?

Join the Easter Bunny and the eight smartest reindeers this side of the North Pole on their quest to start the sleigh in the right direction, to put all the presents under the proper trees, and to keep the old bunny from getting stuck in a chimney — all before sunrise!

Acclaimed artist Derek Anderson has stuffed this Christmas stocking of a book with oodles of adorable artwork, heaps of holiday humor, and enough spirit to last the whole year through.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
What if Santa couldn't make his appointed Christmas Eve rounds? Anderson (the Little Quack series) imagines this unthinkable scenario by providing the jolly man in red with a seemingly suitable understudy: the Easter Bunny, also known for his travel-the-world-in-one-night act. The well-meaning though misguided cotton-tail fellow soon finds that Santa's are big boots to fill. Luckily the accompanying reindeer act as loyal helpers, ensuring the holiday goes off with hardly a hitch. Not a completely new premise, but a lighthearted one likely to tickle younger readers' funnybones. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
On Christmas Eve, Santa slips while loading his sleigh. He is knocked out cold! Mrs. Claus calls on the only other individual that makes the same trip in one night: the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny is happy to help; unfortunately his type of help is not what the reindeer really want. He offers them jelly beans, does not enjoy the cookies that are left for Santa, and puts the gifts in the wrong place. He seems to do everything wrong. The reindeer finally take pity on poor Easter Bunny and begin to help. Just as the sun begins to come up, they are ready to head back to the North Pole where a large slice of carrot cake is waiting for the Easter Bunny. The illustrations of this story are large and colorful; Anderson uses some cute details in many of the pictures: an egg antenna on the phone, the bunny's slippers, and the locations of the gifts. The Easter Bunny's placement of the gifts is a nice tribute to Amelia Bedelia! In spite of the whimsical illustrations, the story itself falters a bit as the Easter Bunny seems too buffoon-like and the story's ending appears a bit rushed. This story would probably appeal to older kindergartners through late second grade as a twist to a traditional holiday event.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A last-minute accident keeps Santa from doing his job, so Mrs. Claus calls the only other figure capable of making the round-the-world trip in a night: the Easter Bunny. But the substitute has a hard time. He feeds the fussy reindeer jellybeans instead of candy canes and wants carrot cake instead of milk and cookies. He gets cold, and doesn't understand Santa's instructions on where to put the presents. The reindeer finally understand he's trying to help, not to replace, Santa, and with their assistance, the job is completed. Some children will enjoy the idea of the Easter Bunny helping at the wrong holiday, as well as the visual jokes in the bright watercolor illustrations, but this is an additional purchase because of the predictable story and lackluster writing.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When Santa is injured by a falling toy train on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus phones the Easter Bunny to save the day. This Easter Bunny is a slightly wacky fellow with more than a passing resemblance to another white rabbit who is always late. A new team of reindeer are anxious about their first Christmas Eve, and they don't take kindly to the sudden change in drivers or to the Easter Bunny's lack of knowledge of proper toy-delivery etiquette. (He follows Santa's written directions too literally in Amelia-Bedelia fashion and places the gifts in the wrong place, such as under a tree outside, instead of under the Christmas tree.) After the Easter Bunny is slightly injured in the line of duty, the reindeer realize that they too must pitch in save the holiday by individually flying bags of gifts to each house. A fast pace, broad humor and silly puns add to the effort, as do the super-sized illustrations in neon-bright, jewel tones, but the overall effect is rather frenetic. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689876349
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 590,537
  • Age range: 3 months - 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek Anderson is the bestselling artist and cocreator of the Little Quack series. He is also the talent behind Gladys Goes Out to Lunch and Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him at DerekAnderson.net.

Derek Anderson is the bestselling artist and cocreator of the Little Quack series. He is also the talent behind Gladys Goes Out to Lunch and Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him at DerekAnderson.net.

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