Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert

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How does Santa know how to match the exact right toy with the exact right kid every December?

He knows because he's the world's number one kid and toy and gift expert, and he works long, long hours the whole year through, taking notes, compiling his research, thinking and testing and changing his mind. Then, at last, he gets it all figured out, and on Christmas morning, he makes magic happen.

Celebrated author-illustrator Marla Frazee's fresh, ...

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Overview

How does Santa know how to match the exact right toy with the exact right kid every December?

He knows because he's the world's number one kid and toy and gift expert, and he works long, long hours the whole year through, taking notes, compiling his research, thinking and testing and changing his mind. Then, at last, he gets it all figured out, and on Christmas morning, he makes magic happen.

Celebrated author-illustrator Marla Frazee's fresh, lively take on a traditional subject is sure to become a favorite with young believers everywhere. With delicious humorous moments and a warm, unexpected ending, this book is truly a Christmas treat, one that begs to be read aloud and savored year after year.

Santa Claus has his own ways of knowing more about children and toys than anyone else in the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Where's the biggest think-tank for market research on kids and toys? Look no further than the North Pole. After all, Santa's made a whole career out of matching just the right child with just the right plaything "99.9% of the time./ That's almost always!" Frazee (Roller Coaster) takes a peek into all of St. Nick's thorough-but oh, so fun-work, filling her pages to the brim with kinetic images of Santa hula-hooping, checking his massive stockroom or surrounded by his elegantly wrapped gifts. Spot illustrations of kids sitting on Santa's lap or gleefully opening their presents are also a delight. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
"A master at creating scenes and moods, ... readers will want to explore repeatedly."
Kirkus Reviews
"He tests mechanical toys, bonds with stuffed animals, wraps everything and then carefully selects the right toy for every child."
Publishers Weekly
"Frazee takes a peek into all of St. Nick's thorough - but oh, so fun - work..."
Children's Literature
Of course Santa has to be "the world's number one kid expert" as well as toy expert. Frazee's delightfully-appealing Santa works really hard at his job all year round, trying out the toys, and matching them up with the right kids. So it almost always works out just right on Christmas morning. Then Santa can enjoy the perfect gift he has picked out for himself. The spare text is merely an amusing frame for the detailed black-pencil and gouache illustrations: some double-page scenes of massed presents and wrapping papers, others flooded with vignettes of Santa and others in action. He deals with kids in his lap; he tries out the toys for quality check. The great double-page series of action vignettes as he tries out a pogo stick has 32 images snaking over and across the pages until the ultimate break-down. Previewed on the jacket (note the contrasting cover) this romp displays the artist's observational talents and the visual sense of humor that pervades the story. 2005, Harcourt, Ages 3 to 7.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
This unusual view of Santa Claus focuses solely on the jolly old fellow himself, because in Frazee's interpretation, dedicated Santa does all the work, all the time and all alone, from initial toy selection to final package delivery. He visits with numerous children and visits many others in his dreams, does research at his computer (asleep, head on desk), keeps meticulous records (hundreds of Post-its) and stockpiles all the toys in his vast warehouses. He tests mechanical toys (including a long, Frazee-style curl of pogo-stick bounces), bonds with stuffed animals, wraps everything and then carefully selects the right toy for each child. The concluding pages show two dozen children unwrapping their special gifts, with an exhausted Santa enjoying his own toy, a red bicycle, after his Christmas duties are done. Frazee uses her trademark approach in her colored-pencil and gouache illustrations, showing multiple images of Santa on a page to indicate motion or passage of time and adding typical Frazee humor to the mix. Her Santa has a genuine personality and some real-world workplace issues of overwork and frustration, but also pride in a job well done. An oversized, horizontal format adds to the unique view of this Santa's workaday world. (Picture book. 4-7)
The Horn Book Magazine
"Effortlessly clever . . . Frazee delivers the exact right book for the exact right season."
Booklist
"Extraordinarily expressive . . . children . . . will thoroughly enjoy this rowdy holiday celebration."
From the Publisher
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
An IRA Children's Choice
An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
A Nick Jr. Magazine Best Book of the Year
 

[set star] "Exuberant. . . . Children eagerly anticipating Christmas will thoroughly enjoy this rowdy holiday celebration and its behind-the-scenes, personalized look at a diligent, devoted Santa."—Booklist, starred review
 
[set star] "The magic here lies in Frazee's effortlessly clever, detailed illustrations; she delivers the exact right book for the exact right season."—Horn Book, starred review
 
[set star] "A delight."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
[set star] "Anyone who thinks Santa is idle or frivolous in the off-season will be proven wrong by this amusing behind-the-scenes portrayal of a man who's very much a child at heart. . . . A fresh and fun look at the big guy."—School Library Journal, starred review
 

"A new twist on the usual bustling North Pole scene."—New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152049706
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 984,904
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 12.40 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Marla Frazee

MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many picture books, including Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers; Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox; and her own Roller Coaster. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2009

    Santa claus the number one toy expert

    The book ¿Santa Claus The Worlds Number One Toy Expert¿ is a great book. It is a book about Santa being a #1 toy expert. His first job is to go to places where kids ask him what they want like the mall. Some kids are shy, some are loud, some whisper, and some don¿t even bother. When Santa¿s done with that job he goes to job #2. His 2nd job is for him make toys. He tests all of the toys. Some of the toys aren¿t right so then he fixes them. After that he wraps everything. Then he puts the wrong toys in the wrong box then he takes hem out and fixes them. After that he is so tired. But then when he¿s done with delivering the gifts he opens the gift he got for himself. MMMM I wonder what it is. SO THIS IS WHAT U DO U HAVE TO DO READ IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 27, 2008

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    Innocent, Playful, and Reassuring

    Santa Claus works hard to bring just the right gift to each child. Marla Frazee is a very talented illustrator (see her illustrations for The Seven Silly Eaters, also a great read/read-aloud), and the pictures here are clear and full of enjoyable details. Santa Claus is pictured sucking a candy cane in the corner of his mouth (instead of the traditional pipe) and is shown in all states of preparation of the thousands of toys he must test, choose, prepare, and deliver. According to the author, he chooses right about 99.9% of the time. But even the last picture, of a boy looking puzzled and a bit disappointed by the delivery of a box of identical balls, is resolved on the back cover as he happily juggles them. The idea is that even if Santa doesn't deliver what you expect, chances are it will be something you will realize is just right for you.

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