Publishers WeeklyYou can't keep a good legend down-at least when it comes to Santa. A young skeptic named Stevie joins the ranks of Virginia and others who have questioned Old Saint Nick's existence. With confidence and a tongue-in-cheek flair, Solheim (It's Disgusting-and We Ate It!) delivers some answers-mostly scientific, of course-that dispel Stevie's doubts. Gott's (the Horace Splattley series) spiffy computer-generated pieces contain oodles of humorous touches. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's LiteratureThis is the perfect book for a child who really wants to believe in Santa but is beginning to have doubts. Stephen Hossenheimer, an 8-year-old boy, is interviewed on the television news and announces that he does not believe in Santa Claus. That night, a guy "who looked like a giant maraschino cherry with whiskers" comes to collect Stevie for a little tripno, not to the North Pole but to Cleveland, the computer network hub for Kringle Industries. Santa explains the spy satellite system that allows him to determine if children are naughty or nice. Stevie is shown other parts of the operation and learns how it is that Santa can visit that many households in one night, and how he gets down skinny chimneys or into homes without chimneys. All of the questions children might have are answered. The amusing text is presented in typography that occasionally swoops and swirls along with Santa's sleigh, and the illustrations are bright and humorous. 2004, Carolrhoda, Ages 6 to 10.
Dr. Judy Rowen
School Library JournalGr 1-3-When a cynical boy named Stevie appears on national television denouncing that Santa is a fake, he is swooped up by the jolly old gent and given a grand tour of his operations, including Santa Industries (headquartered in Cleveland), where they "track worldwide naughtiness," and the North Pole. After witnessing the high-tech tools that allow Santa to shrink and to travel backward and forward in time, Stevie finally can't help but believe what his eyes tell him. Even more amazing is when Santa demonstrates true magic by knowing (without being told) exactly what the eight-year-old has been hoping for. Kids who have grown out of warm-and-fuzzy Christmas books will enjoy this wisecracking approach to the holiday. The cartoon artwork is loaded with funny, if not hugely imaginative, details.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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