Santa Claws

Santa Claws

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by Laura Leuck, Gris Grimly
     
 

Mack and Zack are getting ready for Christmashanging up their smelly socks and blistertoe, decorating their dead pine tree, making poisonberry pies.

Here in the rollicking rhyme of Laura Leuck and the gruesomely silly illustrations of Gris Grimly, is a truly memorable Christmas tale. Mack and Zack may be monsters, but their excitement is the same as that of

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Overview

Mack and Zack are getting ready for Christmashanging up their smelly socks and blistertoe, decorating their dead pine tree, making poisonberry pies.

Here in the rollicking rhyme of Laura Leuck and the gruesomely silly illustrations of Gris Grimly, is a truly memorable Christmas tale. Mack and Zack may be monsters, but their excitement is the same as that of children the world around. Come join the celebrations in Monster Town!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With a bit of a nod to Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Leuck's (My Monster Mama Loves Me So) lively holiday spookfest focuses on two monster boys' anticipation of "gross and grisly Christmas toys," delivered by a fat dragon-riding sprite with a bite: Santa Claws. As his name suggests, Grimly (Boris and Bella) is ready to trip the light fangtastic with breezy yet somber-hued watercolor-and-ink scenes of all manner of monsters and their icky and humorous accoutrements, from "crusty cookies topped with flies" to visions of "boogerplums" dancing through their heads. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Gris Grimly's dedication "To all the naughty children" seems to set the tone for this irreverent take on Santa Claus and his various works during the holidays. The first glimpse we see of "Monster Town," the setting for this humorous story, introduces us to a landscape of muted colors, both in the buildings themselves and in most of the monster characters. The details of the various monsters—from the HUMBUG pin to the green purse with eyes that one mom carries—are wonderful throughout and do a great deal to underscore the macabre humor of the book. Mack and Zack, two boys in desperate need of potion kits, a vampire bat, and a hot new game called Trap the Rat, hope they've been good enough to get what they want. They are soon to find out, when "Santa Claws, that fat old sprite with pointy horns and teeth that bite," comes to their home, riding his dragon and singing "Wreck the Halls." As noted earlier, the illustrations partner with the text of this story in a way that makes each more interesting. While this "Halloweenish" approach to a Christmas trip may not work for everyone, it provided a huge chuckle for me and my nine-year-old, who deemed this picture book as "too funny."
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-In this slightly macabre parody of Clement Moore's The Night before Christmas, readers are introduced to Mack and Zack, two monster boys preparing for "Santa Claws." They hang up their smelly socks and blistertoe, decorate their dead pine tree, and make eggnog mixed with spider feet. Kids will eagerly pore over the vintage "monstrous" newspaper ads found on the endpapers. The rhyming text is clever and amusing but it falls a bit flat, leaving one wishing more would happen, especially at the end. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are a bit too sophisticated for young children, but older kids will love Grimly's quirky, Tim Burtonesque style art. An alternative for those who like a bizarre twist on a traditional tale.-Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Monster Town is the setting for this mischievously macabre Christmas story, which will appeal to fans of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. The over-the-top story is told in rhyming couplets that beg to be read aloud in a deep, spooky voice with dramatic pauses for effect. Two monster boys, Mack and Zack, are getting ready for Christmas, decorating with skulls and bones and whipping up some poisonberry pies and eggnog mixed with spider feet for Santa's treats. Santa Claws is an amorphous figure in a bulging, "blood-red" suit with a snake in his boot and horns poking out around his hat. He arrives by dragon power and leaves plenty of "gross and grisly Christmas toys" around the dead pine tree decorated with eyeballs. Aptly named illustrator Grimly provides watercolor-and-ink illustrations in a muted palette that strike just the right balance: weirdly edgy but not too terribly scary. Additional humor is added to the endpapers and back cover with ads for invented products such as "Vampbell's Garbage Soup." A tasty Christmas treat for kids who like their humor gross and their satires snappy. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811849920
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,370,860
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.33(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Leuck is the author of several deliciously spooky stories. She has two sons and lives in New Jersey.

Gris Grimly is the author and illustrator of several books for children and is the founder of Mad Creator Productions. He lives in Southern California.

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Santa Claws 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good for me. I am 12 and i didn't think it was to childish at all. It had wonderful rhymes and it helped me so much for me. The reason why is because it helped me read so much better. This is an amazing book for your child! GET IT!