Red Ranger Came Calling

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Using glowing, hypnotic images and a funny, provocative text, the narrator relives his father's most amazing childhood Christmas. A moody young boy living with his aunt on an island, "Red" Breathed sees himself as the "Red Ranger from Mars", his hero from the movie serials, and cannot picture life without the gift of a Red Ranger bicycle. Red is far too "swanky a human being" to believe in Santa Claus, but nevertheless he pays a visit to the aged island hermit, Lord Sander Clos, rumored to be the legendary man ...
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Overview

Using glowing, hypnotic images and a funny, provocative text, the narrator relives his father's most amazing childhood Christmas. A moody young boy living with his aunt on an island, "Red" Breathed sees himself as the "Red Ranger from Mars", his hero from the movie serials, and cannot picture life without the gift of a Red Ranger bicycle. Red is far too "swanky a human being" to believe in Santa Claus, but nevertheless he pays a visit to the aged island hermit, Lord Sander Clos, rumored to be the legendary man himself, now living in lonely, joyless retirement. This meeting triggers an emotional response within the self-absorbed Red and leads to the most remarkable bicycle ever delivered on Christmas morning. This book represents Berkeley Breathed at the top of his form.

While spending Christmas in 1939 with a well-meaning aunt, a young boy who does not believe in Santa Claus has an unusual experience that changes his thinking.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For Breathed (A Wish for Wings That Work; Goodnight Opus), 'tis the season to be laugh-out-loud funny one page and cause a tiny tear to well in a reader's eye the next. Retelling the autobiographical story that his late father related every Christmas Eve, Breathed introduces a cynical young man (self-named The Red Ranger of Mars) who meets his match in a retired Santa (When Red snaps, ``They say you're Santa Claus,'' the old man retorts that Santa is ``a foolish story for small children. He's a big jolly bribe to control their criminal instincts''). Breathed's hallucinatory artwork is as wondrous and as unpredictable as his tale. Reaffirming a reader's belief in the spirit that is Santa, this could become a perennial seller. All ages. (Oct.)
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This beautifully illustrated retelling of a Christmas story from Berke Breathed's childhood weaves within it a shiny new Red Ranger bicycle, a mysterious old stranger, and a young boy who can't afford to believe. 12" x 11". Color illus. Ages 4 to 7.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316102490
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 133,983
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Berkeley Breathed is a cartoonist, novelist, director, and screenwriter, best known for the popular comic strip "Bloom County." He has written and/or illustrated many books for young readers, including Red Ranger Came Calling, The Last Basselope, Goodnight Opus, and A Wish for Wings That Worked.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 1999

    Christmas Eve Tradition

    We read this one every Christmas Eve (and throughout the year) to remind ourselves and the ones we love about the 'true' meaning of Christmas...the illustrations are superb!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    A Classic - my grandchildren's favorite Christmas book

    I have collected hundreds of Christmas books and this one is in the top 5 of all time. My grandsons love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    I read this book to my children every Christmas, and it never fails to delight them. The Red Ranger's grumpiness and doubt at the beginning of the tale blossom into an understanding of the point of Christmas and belief in the goodness of the season.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    Wonderful Read Aloud

    I have read this book for ten years now to my 5th and 6th graders right before Christmas. It is something I look forward to every year. This simple book conveys something lost to many children these days..."A True Belief In Something Good And Perfect!" Buy this great book! You will not regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    This book was great...

    This book is so great and yet...almost creepy. It makes you think 'Maybe he really IS real!!' And I completely think that the picture on the last page is what makes you come to this conclusion. Go out and buy this book now, it's sooo great!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2000

    Extra Extra read all about it.

    Hello, This book ' Red Ranger Came Calling'. I enjoyed it a lot. there's a true Santa Claus! IF you don't Belive read the book! the whole thing. It is a children's book. You have to read the whole thing to get the story straight. I Highly recommend this book!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2000

    For All Ages

    I first bought this book for my son at age 10 for Christmas and he loved it. My friends children came over and I read the book to them. They were hooked and wanted to know where I found the book and did I have anymore. The next Christmas I bought them all A Wish for Wings That Work and they wanted more. The author holds their attention with his wonderful stories, surprise endings and great humor. I recommond all his books. My son took all his Berkeley Breathed books with him when he got married last year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2000

    AWESOME BOOK

    This book is just so wonderful I read it to the children in my class to teach them what Christmas is all about.

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