Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas (Nate the Great Series)

Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas (Nate the Great Series)

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by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Marc Simont
     
 

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About the Author: Born in Portland, Maine, in 1928, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat dreamed of becoming a writer. Little did she know that she would be the author of more than 70 books for children of all ages. Another of her childhood dreams, that of becoming a detective, has also been realized in her most popular Nate the Great series, begun in 1972.

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About the Author: Born in Portland, Maine, in 1928, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat dreamed of becoming a writer. Little did she know that she would be the author of more than 70 books for children of all ages. Another of her childhood dreams, that of becoming a detective, has also been realized in her most popular Nate the Great series, begun in 1972.

Many of Sharmat's books have been Literary Guild selections and chosen as Books of the Year by the Library of Congress. Several have been made into films for television, including Nate the Great Goes Undercover, winner of the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival Award. Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden has been named one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.

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Nate the Great sets out to solve yet another mystery. The charm of these early chapter books is that while the vocabulary is controlled and appropriate for the target audience, the story line is humorous and satisfying for young readers. While Nate and his dog Sludge are out shoveling snow, Fang and his owner, Annie, come along to ask for Nate's help in locating a missing Christmas card. Naturally Nate is quite willing to stop shoveling and start sleuthing. He dutifully leaves a note for his mother explaining why he has stopped his task and then he sets off to locate the long anticipated card. Every year Fang's mother sends him a special Christmas card. Nate discovers that many pieces of mail have become lodged in the catalogs that Annie has been collecting, but the missing card is not in any of them. It is only when Nate begins to "think like a dog" that he discovers that Fang had actually intercepted the card during its delivery (the mail carrier dropped it and ran at the sight of Fang running to greet him) and had buried it in the back yard. All ends well but Nate still has to finish shoveling the snow. As a bit of an aside, it is revealed that Nate and his family celebrate Hanukkah, giving children a glimpse of his traditions with the mention of potato pancakes. 1996, Yearling/Bantam Doubleday Dell, Ages 4 to 8.
—Sheilah Egan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385321174
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Series:
Nate the Great Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

MARJORIE WEINMAN SHARMAT has written more than 130 books for children and young adults, as well as movie and TV novelizations. Her books have been translated into twenty-four languages. The award-winning Nate the Great series, hailed in Booklist as “groundbreaking,” has resulted in Nate’s real-world appearances in many New York Times crossword puzzles, sporting a milk mustache in magazines and posters, residing on more than 28 million boxes of Cheerios, and touring the country in musical theater. Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and her husband, Mitchell Sharmat, have also coauthored many books, including titles in both the Nate the Great and the Olivia Sharp series.

CRAIG SHARMAT is a Los Angeles–based author, composer, and guitarist. His extensive credits include national television programs, feature films, and jingles. He is the coauthor of several Nate the Great books.

MARC SIMONT won the Caldecott Medal for his artwork in A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry, as well as a Caldecott Honor for his own book, The Stray Dog. He illustrated the first twenty books in the Nate the Great series.

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Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
The Missing Christmas Card   It is one week before Christmas, and Nate the Great is shoveling his walk.  However, he’s about to get a new client when Annie and her dog Fang show up.  Fang always gets a Christmas card from his mother, but this year it hasn’t arrived.  While Nate and Fang don’t exactly get along (Nate would rather shovel the walk), he reluctantly begins to search for the missing card.  What clues can he find?   Somehow, I’ve never read this particular book over the years, and I found it to be fun.  Once again, the clues are there, so it is rather obvious when Nate solves it how he did even though I didn’t figure it out early myself.  But there is fun to be had along the way with Annie, Fang, and Rosamand and her cats (if not Oliver who is absent from this book).   If you are looking for a Christmas mystery for your young kid, this is definitely the picture book for you.  You’ll both enjoy seeing just what became of the card.
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