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The Night Santa Got Lost: How NORAD Saved Christmas
     

The Night Santa Got Lost: How NORAD Saved Christmas

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by Michael Keane, Michael Garland (Illustrator)
 

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’Twas the night before Christmas and—oh no—Santa is lost!
Caught in a blizzard swirling with snow and much too much frost.
Just when it looks like Christmas is through—
Come NORAD’s brave heroes in red, white, and blue—and maple leaves,too.

Overview

’Twas the night before Christmas and—oh no—Santa is lost!
Caught in a blizzard swirling with snow and much too much frost.
Just when it looks like Christmas is through—
Come NORAD’s brave heroes in red, white, and blue—and maple leaves,too.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" meets NORAD, North American Aerospace Defense Command, tracking Santa's sleigh for his once-a-year mission. But this year, Santa goes missing from the radar. This calls for a rescue mission deployment, but does that delay gift distribution? Not with NORAD on the case! The rhyming text ("Our agency knows on a need-to-know basis/Who's been naughty and nice…/Whoa! They're classified cases") and Garland's trademark digital cartoon illustrations capture the command center and bring the jolly old man and his reindeer to life. Santa gives his consent to have the Special Ops teams (Delta Force, Navy Seals, and Army Rangers) and other military volunteers deliver the presents. To continue the fun, readers can check www.noradsanta.org each December as NORAD tracks Santa. Military families and Santa trackers will love this rendition.—Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Santa and his reindeer get lost in a blizzard, but the U.S. military comes to the rescue in this ingenious parody of "The Night Before Christmas." The cleverly rhymed text uses the basic structure of the familiar poem and places it into a modern setting at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the military agency charged with monitoring all air traffic. When Santa's sleigh disappears from NORAD's radar, the supervising general notifies the commander-in-chief of the U.S., who scrambles fighter jets and Special Forces to assist in finding Santa, and then all the military's resources are deployed around the world to get the presents delivered. Military lingo is embedded in the text ("Now march away! Fly away! Sail away, all!"), and fighter jets, ships, jeeps and Special Ops forces in uniform all help Santa on his way. Digitally produced illustrations have a cinematic quality with a 3-D effect that makes the characters stand out, augmented by dramatic lighting and varied perspectives. Children with parents serving in the armed forces will be especially fond of this version of the beloved poem. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596988101
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Keane is a Fellow of National Security at the Pacific Council on International Policy. He was embedded in Iraq with the US Army's 101st Airborne Division, under the command of Gen. David Petraeus, and in Kabul, Afghanistan at the headquarters of the ISAF Commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Keane is a former Fellow of the US Department of Defense's National Security Education Project. He has apeared on CNN, CNBC, FoxNews and the History Channel and has been profiled in BusinessWeek magazine. Keane is also the author of Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer and the Dictionary of Modern Strategy and Tactics. He earned his JD from the University of Texas School of law, an MBA from the University of Chicago and an BA from the University of Southern California. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

Award winning author and illustrator Michael Garland has been out on the New York Times Best Seller list four times! Micheal Garland's greatest success has been for writing and illustrating children's picture books. Garland's Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook recently won the California and Delaware State Reading Awards. Michael Garland has illustrated for celebrity authors like James Patterson and Gloria Estefan. His illustrations for Patterson's SantaKid were the inspiration for Sak's Fifth Avenue's Christmas holiday window display in New York City. Garland's Christmas Magic has become a season classic and is currently being developed for a TV special.

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The Night Santa Got Lost: How NORAD Saved Christmas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story, not only adorable but shows the spirit of our military that is willing to go the "extra mile". Children and even adults loved it - especially the veterans. I read it out loud at Thanksgiving. The only problem I have is with the display itself. I have a nook color, the pages display horizontally (which is fine), bt the print is very small. When I enlarge the page to read the words better, I cannot turn the page until I take the page back down to normal size.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids, 11 and 7 loved this book. It's a sweet story that maintains tradition but infuses a bright, wonderful message of how the military ultimately saves Christmas. Both my kids adored the illustrations and the writing was rich and attention holding because everything rhymes! my kids were genuinely excited to see how this would end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago