I'm Not Santa!

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Baby Owl is just out in the snowy woods, playing with his sled so why does Baby Hare insist on mistaking him for Santa? Is Santa the only one allowed to wear a red hat? And doesn't Baby Hare know the difference between a sled and a sleigh?

It'll take no less than a surprise visit from the jolly old man himself to settle this case of mistaken identity!

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Overview

Baby Owl is just out in the snowy woods, playing with his sled so why does Baby Hare insist on mistaking him for Santa? Is Santa the only one allowed to wear a red hat? And doesn't Baby Hare know the difference between a sled and a sleigh?

It'll take no less than a surprise visit from the jolly old man himself to settle this case of mistaken identity!

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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
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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: 9781423113041
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Pages: 26
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Allen
Jonathan Allen was born in Luton, England. He attended Impington Village College in Cambridge, and earned his B.A. in graphic design at St. Martin's College of Art in London. He currently lives in South Cambridgeshire with his wife, two children, a dog, and several guitars.
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  • Posted December 24, 2009

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    I'm not Santa Either

    Allen, J. (2008). "I'm not Santa!" New York: Hyperion Books for Children.

    9781423113003


    Appetizer: On Christmas Eve, Baby Owl goes out sledding and Baby Hare mistakes the owl for Santa. No matter what Baby Owl says, the Hare is still convinced the owl is Santa.

    This is a good holiday read. Author and illustrator Jonathan Allen does an excellent job of capturing a childlike voice for Baby Owl and Baby Hare. This voice goes beyond just vocabulary choices, but also applies to the undying faith in Santa, the confusion over multiple Santas existing and the fact that young ones often feel like adults don't hear or believe what they say. There were a few places where the language could been more sparse. But since "I'm not Santa!" will most likely be read aloud by adults or older siblings, this isn't too much of a concern.

    The illustrations are equally fun and childlike (although the picture book could have withstood having some more variations among the backgrounds and details of the illustrations).

    I do have a question for you though, internets. Or, more so, it's a question for Jonathan Allen and his editor. Why did they decide to have "I'm not Santa" in quotes for the title of the picture book? Not all of the story is in Baby Owl's voice, so I wouldn't see the need to have his voice in the title. Is this some type of encouragement to have wee little children march around yelling "I'm not Santa!" over and over again? Would the title Baby Owl is not Santa! crush too many people's dreams of having a bird-shaped Santa? I don't understand.

    Internets, you must track down Jonathan Allen or someone at Hyperion to explain it to me. Please.


    Dinner Conversation:

    "It was Christmas Eve, and Baby Owl had been out in the snowy woods, playing with his sled."

    "I'm not Santa!" said Baby Owl. "Don't be so silly!"

    "But you are Santa!" insisted Baby Hare. "You're wearing a red hat with fur on it. Santa wears a hat like that."


    To Go with the Meal:

    A fun holiday read aloud, this picture book is particularly good to use on Christmas Eve since that's the night the book is set--and even ends with Owl listening to a book read aloud and then going to bed.

    To encourage participation, a teacher could have students shout-out the repeated "I'm not Santa!" when it comes up on many pages.

    This book could also help for when a young child becomes confused as to who they're seeing multiple Santas around town. A teacher can discuss how sometimes people just look like Santa or or helping out.

    There is also a teaching moment a teacher can take advantage of in "I'm not Santa!" At one point the Baby Hare argues that the owl must be Santa because he is "big and fat like Santa." While this is funny and cute in context, a teacher may want to remind students to choose words carefully and that words like "fat" can hurt.


    Tasty Rating: !!!

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