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Santa's Eleven Months Off
     

Santa's Eleven Months Off

by Mike Reiss, Michael G. Montgomery
 

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In this uproarious tale by popular author and Simpsons writer Mike Reiss, Santa recovers from a hectic December by embarking on an hilarious campaign of adventure and self-improvement—from sumo wrestling to international espionage to continuing education (including Elf Esteem and Basic Reindeer Labor Laws). But no matter where he goes or what he does, he's still

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In this uproarious tale by popular author and Simpsons writer Mike Reiss, Santa recovers from a hectic December by embarking on an hilarious campaign of adventure and self-improvement—from sumo wrestling to international espionage to continuing education (including Elf Esteem and Basic Reindeer Labor Laws). But no matter where he goes or what he does, he's still our beloved Santa Claus. So, thanks, Santa, for all your hard work. Go ahead and take the year off!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Nice work if you can get it. After spending all of December preparing for and executing his globe-spanning toy delivery, Santa spends the rest of the year relaxing and entertaining himself. Reiss (How Murray Saved Christmas) devotes a verse to each month, using tongue-in-cheek imagery (Santa studies elf esteem and basic reindeer labor laws) and occasionally forcing a rhyme. But expansive oil paintings keep the energy high, depicting the jolly fat man zooming off for sushi in Hollywood, sumo wrestling in Japan and lounging on the beach in summer. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3-Rhyming text discloses how Santa Claus, after delivering toys in December, spends the ensuing months-working out at the gym in January, Sumo wrestling in May, being a super spy in July, and trick-or-treating dressed as the Easter Bunny in October. Some of Reiss's scenarios are clever and humorous, while others fall flat. Montgomery's full-color paintings showing expressive, energetic people in dynamic compositions are amusing and delightful. Unfortunately, they are not enough to save the book from the slight, uneven, and forced text.-Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library

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Children's Literature - Wendy Miller Kibler
A year in the life of Santa Claus is humorously told in twelve sestets (a six-line poem). Each covers one month and describes Santa’s activities. Although Santa is described as doing some normal and kid-relatable activities (enjoying reindeer games in June and going trick-or-treating, amusingly dressed as the Easter Bunny, in October), he also does some rather odd things (sumo wrestling in May and spying for the government in July). Moreover, it’s unlikely children will recognize the allusion to the movie “Singin’ in the Rain” as Santa dances in April showers, nor is it likely they will understand wordplay, such as “elf esteem,” a topic Santa studies in September. December, the month described in the first sestet, has Santa making toys (isn’t that the elves’ job?) and then taking “the whole next year off.” Santa must really be tired, for a whole year includes December. A tweak in the wording could have easily remedied this potential year without Santa and Christmas toys. That being said, the warm color palette and realistic paintings convey a real love for the subject. Reviewer: Wendy Miller Kibler; Ages 4 to 8.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561459629
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
10/01/2016
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
28
Sales rank:
528,841
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Mike Reiss is a former head writer for The Simpsons, a show for which he has won four Emmy awards. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he served as president of The Harvard Lampoon, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. His other books for children include How Murray Saved Christmas, Santa Claustrophobia, and The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln, all illustrated by David Catrow.

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