Santa Calls

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Art Atchinson Aimesworth ? inventor, crime fighter, and allaround whiz kid-journeys north with his sister, Esther, and his pal, Spaulding, by special invitation from Santa himself. But why did Santa call? Now available in a new hardcover edition, this truly Joyce-ian crusade features villains and swashbuckling adventure, concluding with a most spectacular and touching Christmas celebration.

A holiday extravaganza like no other, by the creator of Rolie Polie Olie, Snowie Rolie, ...

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Overview

Art Atchinson Aimesworth — inventor, crime fighter, and allaround whiz kid-journeys north with his sister, Esther, and his pal, Spaulding, by special invitation from Santa himself. But why did Santa call? Now available in a new hardcover edition, this truly Joyce-ian crusade features villains and swashbuckling adventure, concluding with a most spectacular and touching Christmas celebration.

A holiday extravaganza like no other, by the creator of Rolie Polie Olie, Snowie Rolie, Sleepy Time Olie, Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures wirh the Family Lazardo, and George Shrinks.

Art Aimesworth receives a mysterious summons from Santa Claus and he shares a Christmas adventure with his sister that brings them closer together.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Exciting new outing to the North Pole in which Esther is kidnapped by the Dark Queen and is rescued by her brother Art Atchinson Aimesworth. Why did Santa call this inventor, crime fighter and all-around whiz kid? The final answers to this fantastic adventure are not revealed until the very end of the book in two attached letters. Imaginative and unusual illustrations from Joyce match his fantastic adventure story. Golden Kite Award winner, American Library Association Notable Book for Children, and Parent's Choice Award.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The exciting outing to the North Pole, in which Esther is kidnapped by the Dark Queen and is rescued by her brother Art Atchinson Aimesworth, has been translated into a board book, but it just doesn't work. The complex multi-layered story cannot be conveyed in this shortened form. It is really a different story, and not nearly as enjoyable. The illustrations, which on larger pages work so well, feel cramped and busy in this smaller format. The original version is a delight and should be the book of choice. 1998 (orig.
Ilene Cooper
Joyce turns his considerable talents to Christmas, and the results are particularly merry. The story begins in Abilene, Texas, where Art Atchinson Aimesworth lives with his aunt and uncle, who run a Wild West show. Art has a weakness for sweets and is often mean to his sister, Esther. One day, a mysterious box appears from Santa Claus. Inside is a flying machine and the message, "Come North." So Art, his best friend, Spaulding Littlefeets, and Esther head to the icy unknown. Along the way, their eyes delight in the sights of Toyland, and they must fight off the Queen of the Dark and her nasty, candy-craving elves, who have only one word in their language: "gimmee." When the Queen steals Esther, it is Art, realizing what his sister means to him, who rescues her. Even as the drama ends, no reason for their being summoned north is given. In answer to Art's queries, Santa will only say, "Some mysteries are best left unsolved." But although it remains unsolved for Art, readers get their answer in the form of two letters--one from Esther asking Santa to make her brother her friend; the other, Santa's postvisit reply, "Such a rare and wonderful request could not be refused. I'm glad our little adventure did the trick." The whole book has a 1930s feel, from the stylized art to the very nature of the adventure, with its overtones of Saturday movie serials. Artistically, Joyce is at his most extravagant here, and although the colors seem to lack the intensity one craves in an escapade of this magnitude, the spreads are filled with every wondrous thing--lights, toys, candy, action. In picture books with art as delicious as this, the story often suffers. Not true here. This tale is robust, with twists and turns, and when readers find the letters at the end (cleverly, Joyce provides foldout letters for kids to open), they will find a measure of the Christmas spirit as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060211332
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 533,906
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William Joyce

William Joyce lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his lovely wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Mary Katherine and Jack. They also have a dachshund named Rose and something else named Rex. Mr. Joyce has produced two animated television shows based on his books: Rolie Polie Olie and George Shrinks. He also produced and designed the animated feature film Robots. Every once in a while he does a cover for The New Yorker. His alarmingly optimistic picture books include Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo, Santa Calls, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, and Bently & Egg.He is currently futzing around on several books and stories that embrace the alleged healing power of heroically scaled silliness.

William Joyce lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his lovely wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Mary Katherine and Jack. They also have a dachshund named Rose and something else named Rex. Mr. Joyce has produced two animated television shows based on his books: Rolie Polie Olie and George Shrinks. He also produced and designed the animated feature film Robots. Every once in a while he does a cover for The New Yorker. His alarmingly optimistic picture books include Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo, Santa Calls, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, and Bently & Egg.He is currently futzing around on several books and stories that embrace the alleged healing power of heroically scaled silliness.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Our family reads this out loud EVERY year.

    We purchased our first copy many years ago (when there were two actual letters tucked into the last pages). We love this so much that we purchased two more this year so that all three of our children have their own copy. (All 3 are 20+) We love the beautiful illustrations and the wonderful purpose of the whole story. It is a story about sibling love.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    My favorite Christmas story to read aloud - beautiful illustrati

    My favorite Christmas story to read aloud - beautiful illustrations and a wonderful message.

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  • Posted December 24, 2012

    My absolute favorite Christmas book., and I'm an adult! I bough

    My absolute favorite Christmas book., and I'm an adult! I bought it years ago because I love the gorgeous William Joyce illustrations, but the story makes me tear up every time I read it. I now give this to all of my friends for their kids & grandkids.

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    Other books are better

    This book got good reviews, but I didn't find it sweet or that interesting. It was longer than it needed to be and the siblings are not nice to each other. I thought the story wasn't as well connected as it could have been. There seemed no reason for the characters to do what they did. While there was a little lesson learned, it just wasn't a strong story of family love. There are other books that do a much better job and make more sense. While the brother did help his sister in the end, I didn't get the connection as to how that will influence future behavior. I was disappointed.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    A Charming "New Classic"

    I bought this book two months ago as a Christmas gift for our six-year-old nephew. Though he is a gifted reader, I knew the illustrations and the imaginative story would captivate him. I also knew the object lesson it creatively and gently shares would speak to his heart in regards to his four-year-old sister, who is spunky despite her diminutive size. Still, one doesn't need to have a sibling to appreciate this story. It speaks to everyone, coaxing our intentions to be more thoughtful and purposeful in our interactions with others within the playful storyline. <BR/><BR/>I should admit my bias for the artwork and fantastic storytelling of William Joyce. His work is truly a warm fuzzy! Its look and notions within each story capture the best of a time gone by: a time that is simpler, less complicated and dear to the hearts of many. This is essentially what makes "Santa Calls", and other works of William Joyce, timeless. The need for love, respect and thoughtfulness from others is something that is etched on the hearts of us all. Being mindful to freely give these things not just at Christmastime, but anytime, is what makes this book a wonderful gift for any child or child-at-heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    Wonderful story

    I saw this book at the library where I work and I fell in love (I'm 50 mind you). I instantly bought a copy for my nephew, who would be Art if he could only get the family to play along. It's a wonderful story and the art work is just perfect. Anyone who loves adventure, and wished they'd been the kids in all those adventure novels, this is the book for you. Whatever your age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    Absolutely enchanting!!!

    This is definitely a page turner!!! The text is wonderful....the illustrations are fantastic. I will truly enjoy having this book on my coffee table this holiday season. It will be a pleasure to read this heart-warming story to all the kids that will visit me with their parents. Don't let this book get pass you....purchase it and enjoy it everytime you will share it with a listener!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2004

    One of the Best Christmas Books Ever!

    I love this book. We read it all the time during the Christmas Season. It brings Christmas love into the family. Thanks Mr. Joyce for writing it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2001

    all time favorite

    This is without a doubt my favorite kids of all ages book. I have loved it since my first reading at Christmas 10 years ago. I have purchased it as a gift for every child I know and recommended it to adults, who eventually admit they love it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2001

    A book about the true spirit of Christmas: love!

    A truly wonderful Christmas story. Summoned by Santa for unknown reasons, Art Aimesworth, his sister Ester, and his friend Spaulding embark on a dangerous and exciting mission to the North Pole. Filled with the wonderful fantasies of childhood and beautifully illustrated by Wm. Joyce, the story evokes the true spirit of Christmas: love -- especially of a brother and sister. A rare jewel of a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2001

    Mother of a 6yr old

    My son brought this book home from his school library and we both loved it...It is a great christmas story. We went out and bought a copy of our own

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2001

    BUY THIS BOOK BEFORE SANTA CALLS

    This is a great story. The illustrations are absolutely delightful. It is a story your kids (and you) will enjoy christmas after christmas, unless your kids are like my kids, who love to read christmas books, and especially this book, year around. It deserves more stars than are possible here. You will not be sorry you purchased this fun book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2000

    I cry everytime.......

    I pack this book away each year with our Christmas trimmings and each year, when we're done decorating the tree, I sit with my children to read this beloved story. I cry everytime. I love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2000

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!! GET THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!

    This is a great book! I want my little sister to read this my kids to read it their kids! Beautiful story, illustrations, and ending! of course i won't spoil it, *wink,wink* WORTH EVERY PENNY

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