I'm Not Santa!

Overview

Baby Owl is back—bringing holiday joy to children! On Christmas Eve, Baby Hare spots Owl, dressed in his furry red cap and strolling though the snow with his sled. "Santa! It's you!" he squeals in delight. “I’m not Santa!” Baby Owl insists. But Baby Hare doesn't believe him. What will Little Owl do? This funny, heartwarming tale has just the right touch of Christmas magic.

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Overview

Baby Owl is back—bringing holiday joy to children! On Christmas Eve, Baby Hare spots Owl, dressed in his furry red cap and strolling though the snow with his sled. "Santa! It's you!" he squeals in delight. “I’m not Santa!” Baby Owl insists. But Baby Hare doesn't believe him. What will Little Owl do? This funny, heartwarming tale has just the right touch of Christmas magic.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
While out in the woods pulling his sled, Baby Owl happens upon Baby Hare, who mistakes Baby Owl for Santa. As hard as he tries, Baby Owl cannot convince the little bunny that he is not Santa. When Baby Hare begins to cry, Baby Owl relents and says he is indeed Santa. Now Baby Hare says, "You're not!" and continues to cry. Just as Baby Owl begins to cry in frustration, the real Santa arrives. Baby Owl goes home and recounts the events to his mother. She listens, tucks him in bed with his favorite toy Owly, and puts his Christmas stocking at the end of the bed. Those who have met Baby Owl in previous stories and those who have not will enjoy this tale. Preschoolers will easily catch on to the story line, and will feel quite smug that they know Baby Owl is not really Santa. This Christmas book presents an interesting way of looking at similarities and differences. Facial expressions and character movements are strong in the boldly-outlined illustrations. Clean backgrounds and a clear focal point on each page make this appropriate for the intended audience. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal

PreS-K

On Christmas Eve, Baby Hare sees Baby Owl on his way home from sledding and becomes absolutely sure that he is Santa. Nothing Baby Owl says ("And I am not big and fat like Santa! I'm very fluffy like a Baby Owl!") convinces the young hare. Frustrated, he begins to cry. Willing to try anything to get him to stop, Baby Owl admits that he is, in fact, Santa. Then Baby Hare begins to notice all the ways the owl is different from Santa, and starts crying because he's NOT Santa, which causes Baby Owl, who's been pretty patient, all things considered, to start crying, too. Never fear-all is smoothed over by the appearance of the man himself, and Baby Owl hurries home to tell his mama all about his experience. Large cartoon illustrations that will carry to the back of the room, and the opportunity for readers to express their inner toddler dramatically, will make this a holiday favorite.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Allen continues his amusing series about the ridiculously cute Baby Owl who in previous outings has declared himself "not cute!" and "not scared!" (2006, 2007). In this third offering, Baby Owl is wearing a Santa hat and pulling his stuffed-owl toy on a sled. Enter Baby Hare, who decides that Baby Owl must be Santa. An absolutely hilarious exchange follows as Baby Owl repeats that he is not Santa, Baby Hare insists that he is, the hare cries, the owl gives in and then the whole process is reversed until both are in tears. Can there be any doubt that these critters are two-year-olds? Only Santa himself can end the fuss, in a cameo appearance; he appears as just a pair of big black boots and furry red pants, in striking contrast to the tiny animals. Allen's simple but effective illustrations, with their heavily outlined characters, are a perfect match to his simple but effective story, and he has toddler sensibilities down to a T. Carry on, Baby Owl, and tell us what else you're not. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781910126530
  • Publisher: Boxer Books
  • Publication date: 10/6/2015
  • Series: Baby Owl
  • Pages: 26
  • Age range: 3 years

Meet the Author

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen’s international success is based on his observant wit, appealing art, and his childlike sense of fun, which are perfectly reflected in his Baby Owl series. Jonathan lives happily in a quiet village in South Cambridgeshire, England.

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