Santa's Eleven Months Off

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561454211
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Reiss

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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