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Posted November 8, 2012
Bradley Bartleby is a very spoiled and self-centered little boy. He makes demands and expects those demands to be obeyed. He has even dared to make demands of Santa Claus. He demands Santa to bring him every item he has on his long list.
Santa sees all the bad things Bradley does all year round. So every Christmas Bradley receives only one pair of lovely socks under the tree from Santa. This was the last time this would happen he thought. He went into a rage and his parents tried to pacify him by telling him they had bought all of the gifts on his list. But that was not going to satisfy Bradley. Evidently he wanted Santa to meet his every demand just like everyone else in his life.
So he schemes and steams, rants and raves. Then he starts setting traps all through his house to trap Santa next Christmas and take every toy and gift from Santa and his sleigh.
What will the other children do if Bradley traps Santa and steals all the toys and gifts? What kind of Christmas will that be without Santa?
The author has given an extreme example of the behavior of many children's expectations of Santa and Christmas. Then she shows our children how such horrible behavior is looked upon by others and how this behavior is rewarded by Santa not giving into the child's demands. Negative behavior meets negative consequences.
The illustrations WOW! BOLD! VIBRANT! Very in sync with the story. They will delight and tickle every child's imagination that opens this book.
Be sure to get the book before Christmas. It may help children to have a more positive and realistic attitude about their wishlist for Christmas. I need to send a copy to my five daughters so they can share it with my fifteen grandchildren. Hey, maybe Santa's list will be a little shorter this year. NOT!!
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
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Posted December 13, 2013
I love this book and was thrilled to add it to our holiday traditions! I sat down in B&N, opened this up and began reading- all three of my boys (then 3, 7 and 9) sat quietly around and listened. I bought it right away. We read it regularly and still all enjoy it. As an illustrator, I was personally thrilled by the art in it. It is dark with just the right bit of color and contrast. There is a lesson in it that is crafted rather than blandly shared with the kids, an all too common occurrence in children's books! I would buy this book again and again and have been looking for more from the author and illustrator (they're out there, and they're just as lovely!)
Posted January 26, 2013
This book was not at all appropriate for early elementary aged children or my own boys, ages 3 and 6. Too devious and creepy. Not my best online purchase :(
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