The House That Santa Built

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"Cumulative verses and onomatopoeia build on a lighthearted Halloween theme. . . . while a collection of cut- and torn-paper collages and variation of colorful fonts create textured and detailed cartoons . . ."
-School Library Journal

"Can a picture book inspired by 'The House that Jack Built' do anything new? Storyteller de Las Casas gives it her all in converting one of her favorite stories to the printed page . . . Pairing sound effects or movements to each introduced line of text results in a lively, ...

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Overview

"Cumulative verses and onomatopoeia build on a lighthearted Halloween theme. . . . while a collection of cut- and torn-paper collages and variation of colorful fonts create textured and detailed cartoons . . ."
-School Library Journal

"Can a picture book inspired by 'The House that Jack Built' do anything new? Storyteller de Las Casas gives it her all in converting one of her favorite stories to the printed page . . . Pairing sound effects or movements to each introduced line of text results in a lively, interactive experience that begs any audience to join the fun. . . . Witchy definitely rocks this house! Use [it] to get the Halloween party started."
-Kirkus Reviews

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Dianne de Las Casas and Holly Stone-Barker do it again in this delightful Christmas version of the classic The House That Jack Built. Everyone is welcome in the house that Santa has built-with a little help from de Las Casas and Stone-Barker! Layers of cut-paper snow blanket the pages of this jolly holiday tale. Join the merry collage of characters as they dance across Santa's front yard, behind ornament-filled trees, around colorfully wrapped presents, and beside Santa's bright house. Descriptive sounds repeated on each page will enchant even the youngest listeners as they follow along squeaking, stomping, creaking, and clapping with the jolly parade of visitors at Santa's North Pole abode!

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Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, and founder of Picture Book Month, an international literacy initiative celebrating the print picture book each November. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus as well as from parents, children, librarians, educators, and fellow authors across the globe. She loves the sparkle of the holidays, and giving gifts is de Las Casas' favorite activity! The author of Pelican's Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear!; The Cajun Cornbread Boy; Dinosaur Mardi Gras; The Gigantic Sweet Potato; Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach; There's a Dragon in the Library; and more, de Las Casas lives with her husband and daughters, culinary star and Pelican author Kid Chef Eliana and illustrator Soliel Lisette, in the New Orleans area.

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Illustrator Holly Stone-Barker graduated with a BFA in communication design from Pratt Institute in New York. She works as a freelance illustrator and enjoys teaching arts education. Stone-Barker's paper never stops rustling as she endlessly slices her collection of papers from all over the world to create her intricate illustrations. She has collaborated with Dianne de Las Casas on several books, including Mama's Bayou, Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate, The House That Witchy Built, and The Little "Read" Hen. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with her husband and two children.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
De Las Casas and Stone-Barker follow This Is the House That Witchy Built with another holiday title based on the cumulative nursery rhyme. Numerous sound effects encourage lively interactive reading: “This is the elf (hee, hee)/ That tried to catch the mouse (squeak, squeak)/ That lived in the house (creak, creak)/ That Santa built (clap, clap, clap, clap).” Thanks to Stone-Barker’s cut-paper collages, the eponymous house—with its green plaid turrets, purple domes, and cherry-blossom roofing—is a marvel, but her generic looking characters don’t fare as well, and a thudding conclusion (“The moral of the story is.../ Everyone is welcome in the house/ That Santa built! (Ho! Ho! Ho!)/ Merry Christmas!”) doesn’t help. Up to age 5. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455617500
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,440,667
  • Age range: 3 months - 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, recording artist, and founder of the celebrated November Is Picture Book Month initiative. She hunts and pecks a good story everywhere she goes. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events and is the author of many picture books with Pelican, including Mama's Bayou, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate. She lives with her family in Harvey, Louisiana.

Illustrator Holly Stone-Barker graduated with a BFA in communications design from Pratt Institute in New York. She works as a freelance illustrator and enjoys teaching. Stone-Barker's colorful illustrations are created with a variety of different papers that she finds in her travels. Some of her other titles with Pelican include Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate and The Little "Read" Hen. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with her husband and two children.

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