That's Good! That's Bad! on Santa's Journey

Overview

On Christmas Eve, Santa sets off to deliver presents to a little boy. But between a snowstorm, an icy roof, and a dusty chimney, things don't go as expected.

Get ready to laugh out loud as Mr. Claus trips on a cat, bumps his head on a table, and rips his pants. There's never a dull moment for this accident-prone Santa. That's bad. No, that's good!

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Overview

On Christmas Eve, Santa sets off to deliver presents to a little boy. But between a snowstorm, an icy roof, and a dusty chimney, things don't go as expected.

Get ready to laugh out loud as Mr. Claus trips on a cat, bumps his head on a table, and rips his pants. There's never a dull moment for this accident-prone Santa. That's bad. No, that's good!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
It is Christmas Eve. After kissing Mrs. Claus goodbye, Santa Claus climbs into his sled and flies off on a fun sled ride. First, it snows so hard that Santa has to land on an igloo. Then, Santa and the reindeer crash into a chimney. Eventually, Santa jumps down the chimney to deliver the toys, only to get stuck midway down due to his potbelly. Fortunately, Santa sneezes; the force of it catapults him out of the chimney. Seconds later, Santa trips over the kitty cat and spills presents all over the floor. He picks up the mess and looks at the dazzling tree. To Santa's embarrassment, the seat of his pants rips—and suddenly he is in trouble again! When Santa finally makes it up to the roof, he discovers that the reindeer have flown away without him. What can he do now? When Santa whistles, the reindeer return. As the team swerves to avoid a pine tree, Santa falls out of the sled. Finally, Santa delivers the presents, and the story ends happily after. This book has amazing illustrations, and young readers will enjoy the adventures of this accident-prone Santa. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3–Like the first three titles in this series, this holiday version features nonstop action as Santa goes from one comic mishap to another. Although the formula no longer feels fresh, kids will enjoy chanting “Oh, that’s good! No, that’s bad!” The real strength of this book is in the expressive, humorous illustrations with their dynamic composition and perspective. They capture the excitement of Christmas and should carry well at storytime.–Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Cuyler continues her That's Good! That's Bad! series with this Christmas-themed offering focusing on Santa's travel tribulations and delivery difficulties. On each double-page spread, one more step of the Christmas toy-delivery process takes place with a seemingly positive effect or, alternatively, Santa suffers some minor mishap such as getting stuck in a chimney. After each plot point, the repeated refrain of the title (or its reverse form) makes readers see that problems might turn out in a positive way and reasonable-seeming activities can backfire with alarming surprise twists. Garland's digitally produced illustrations in deep, saturated colors are full of slapstick humor and antics from the bulgy-eyed Santa, complementing the bouncy text full of sound-effect words that beg to be read with melodramatic expression. A good way to get kids to see the silver lining. (Picture book. 4-7)
From the Publisher
“Garland’s digitally produced illustrations in deep, saturated colors are full of slapstick humor and antics from the bulgy-eyed Santa, complementing the bouncy text full of sound-effect words that beg to be read with melodramatic expression. A good way to get kids to see the silver lining.”— Kirkus Reviews

“The real strength of this book is in the expressive, humorous illustrations with their dynamic composition and perspective. They capture the excitement of Christmas and should carry well at storytime.”—School Library Journal

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Meet the Author

Margery Cuyler is the author of many books for children, including From Here to There, The Little Dump Truck, the chapter book Weird Wolf, and That's Good! That's Bad! The idea for the first book in the series came from a conversation with her son, Thomas, who asked, "Can't bad things change into good things?" Ms. Cuyler grew up in the oldest house in Princeton, NJ, and started writing stories as soon as she learned how to write. She now lives in the same house with her husband, sons and two cats.

MICHAEL GARLAND has written and illustrated several picture books, such as The Mouse Before Christmas, and illustrated That's Good! That's Bad! in Washington, DC. He lives with his family in Patterson, New York.

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