SantaKid

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When Warrie Ransom, the Big Boss of the Exmas Express Company, decides to buy Christmas and rename it Exmas, Santa Claus, Momma Claus, and their daugher Chrissie can't believe their eyes. Everything at the North Pole seems to change overnight—the elves stop making kids' favorite toys, the Christmas doves won't fly or sing, and no one seems to laugh anymore. It looks like Christmas is going to be ruined. But then Chrissie remembers something she had learned from her dad: you must believe in something bigger than ...

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Overview

When Warrie Ransom, the Big Boss of the Exmas Express Company, decides to buy Christmas and rename it Exmas, Santa Claus, Momma Claus, and their daugher Chrissie can't believe their eyes. Everything at the North Pole seems to change overnight—the elves stop making kids' favorite toys, the Christmas doves won't fly or sing, and no one seems to laugh anymore. It looks like Christmas is going to be ruined. But then Chrissie remembers something she had learned from her dad: you must believe in something bigger than yourself. With a little help from her dad's helpers, Chrissie—as santaKid—delivers presents to children on Christmas eve, sending Warrie Ransom back to where he came from! After all, when you believe in something, magic can happen.

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Author James Patterson switches gears from crime tales to children's stories with this festive picture book debut about one girl's mission to save Christmas from a corporate takeover. After Chrissie -- who happens to be Santa Claus's daughter -- spots an Exmas Express airplane landing at the North Pole, she soon learns that the company is making "new kinds of toys" (Doggie DooDoo, for example), cutting back on gifts to keep up with the hectic schedule, and rolling out delivery trucks in place of Santa's sleigh. Thankfully, Chrissie has old-fashioned magic on her side, so when the Exmas Express trucks get stuck in the snow and Chrissie goes to Santa for help, her belief in the true meaning of Christmas makes her a hero and makes the holiday cheerful after all. Kids looking for a truly modern-day holiday tale will take a shine to Patterson's story, which incorporates the talent of illustrator Michael Garland for an always-needed reminder about Christmas spirit. You'll also want to check out the book's gift jacket and the poster inside, which add that extra pizzazz. Matt Warner
Publishers Weekly
The bestselling adult novelist wraps up his first picture book with a big green bow on the shiny red jacket. But the contents may leave readers wanting. "Hiya! My name is Chrissie/ and I live at the North Pole./ Pretty cool, huh?" sets the oleaginous tone for this far-reaching fantasy. Why does Chrissie frequent Santa's Toy Workshop and play with the elves and reindeer? Because she's "Santa's little girl." She debunks some beliefs about her dad (he's heart-healthy and thin, for instance; he only sprouts a beard and dresses up for his annual sleigh ride) and wards off a hostile takeover of Christmas by the Big Boss of the Exmass Express company (who manufactures toys like Princess PeePee and PooPoo). Garland's crisp digital images add zip to the action and warmth to the bond between Santa and his daughter, but can't compensate for the didactic moral. Ages 3-6. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
James Patterson has been a favorite author of mine in the mystery genre for decades. Imagine my surprise when I saw a Christmas book written by none other than Patterson. Santa's daughter Chrissi, is a regular child who has a regular dad most of the year. Only at Christmas does her father become the Santa we all know and love. Chrissi has the same questions other children have been asking for years. How does Santa reach all the children in just one night; how does he know all the addresses; and just how do all the presents fit in just one sleigh? Each time she asks her dad a question, he just tells her to believe. About the time Santa starts growing his beard and putting on weight for Christmas, a villain enters the story, Warrie Ransom. He not only buys the North Pole but also Christmas Eve. Santa becomes so depressed that he can't get out of bed to do his job, so Chrissie must come to the rescue. Will the children of the world be disappointed? The illustrations are awesome and the facial expressions just bring smiles to the reader's face. This is a perfect read-a-loud book to share with children and I believe it will become a tradition just like favorite foods and decorations. It will find its place on the shelf beside "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Patterson does an absolutely wonderful job writing for children. 2004, Little Brown and Company, Ages 3 to 9.
—Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-From the best-selling writer of books for adults comes a tale of corporate greed. Young Chrissie, daughter of Santa and Mrs. Claus, describes her enviable life at the North Pole-until Christmas is bought out by Exmas Express and Santa's workshop is run like a business, with predictably disastrous results. When her father becomes dispirited and can't make his usual rounds, Chrissie takes over and saves the day. This is a sprightly and entertaining tale that begs to be read aloud, appropriately accompanied by slick digital illustrations. This modern-looking yet ultimately charming book should appeal to many kids.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316000611
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 697,458
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.37 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books for adults, including The Jester, Four Blind Mice, Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas, and The Lake House. His book 1st to Die was made into a miniseries for NBC in February 2003.

Michael Garland is the illustrator of more than 50 books for children, including The Mouse Before Christmas, Angel Cat, and Christmas City.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2010

    A tradition at Christmas!

    This is such a great book, amazing illustrations and a lot of fun to read. Just like James Patterson captures adults with his stories, this has captured my daughter. She looks forward to reading it every Christmas. This along with Are You Grumpy Santa? is a great addition to any Christmas collection!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    James Patterson's "Santa Kid"

    Coming from Mr. Patterson, it was not what I expected. However, I liked the story, and our granddaughters enjoyed it tremendously. Will definitly keep the book and share it with our other grandchildren and, hopefully, our great-grandchildren.

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

    just reading the synopsis

    I read the Synopsis and it sounded great, reminds me a little of <BR/>"How the Grinch stole Christmas" but its great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    my girls love it

    Every year i buy my girls (ages 9,7,3) a new christmas story to add to our collection to read on christmas eve. I bought this one and they just loved it! Its a cute totally modern story of how one litle girl saved christam from the big bad marketing men!!! It's funny and the pictures are good too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2005

    Santa has a kid?

    I thought this was a cute story, even if it did go against 'traditional' views of Santa Claus. Santa isn't fat in this story (until Christmas), he has a daughter named Chrissy, and businesses come in to take over the operation. Still, the story was cute with your standard moral and 'save the day' experiences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    A beautifully illustrated new classic

    Another classic to read to your children at Christmas. This book shows the true meaning of Christmas by using a fun story about Santa and his daughter and what happens when you believe in something more than yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    How can he do this?

    James Patterson has fulfilled my needs in Alex Cross, Lindsay Boxer, and the numerous single novels. He has proved diversity in his two love stories. Now he comes with the most incredible illistrated book I have ever read. I bought this and I am a thirteen year old fanatic for my family this Christmas to read under the tree. I have started a new family tradition; thanks James!

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    Posted November 2, 2008

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