The Year Without a Santa Claus

Overview

Santa takes his first vacation in 1, years.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $3.63   
  • New (1) from $0.00   
  • Used (5) from $3.62   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Santa takes his first vacation in 1, years.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
McGinley's 1956 Christmas story gets a refresh with gouache illustrations by Manders that suggest cartoons of the era. When Santa decides he's due for his "first vacation in a thousand years," a boy named Ignatius Thistlewhite convinces the bereft children of the world to give gifts to Santa. Though the verse shows its age in spots (a "boy from Siam" sends a Siamese kitten), it's a zippy read-aloud, and Manders handily conjures a time when a shiny red bike under the tree is the best thing a boy could ask for. Ages 6–9. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
McGinley's classic poem gets a reprint with the addition of Manders' new illustrations with excellent results. With minor changes in spelling and punctuation to enhance readability, the poem, originally written in 1956, still provides excellent entertainment value. A too tired Santa decides to take a year off. After all, everyone else gets time off at the holidays and Santa decides, "it's time I got my first vacation in a thousand years." He notifies the elves that there will be no toy deliveries and when the news makes the papers children all over the world burst into tears. All except Ignatius Thistlewhite who happens to agree that Santa deserves a holiday. Ignatius organizes children from all over the world to send presents to the North Pole for Santa. Santa is overjoyed at receiving the gifts, but realizes the only way he can make room for all the gifts is to deliver the presents taking up room on the workshop shelves so he takes to his sleigh for his usual Christmas Eve deliveries. As always, Manders' gouache illustrations hit the spot perfectly. With particular attention to the faces and the placement of eyebrows, Manders provides readers with extremely expressive characters. The illustrations are actually strong enough to tell the story without the text. Together, this is an impressive pairing and one that should be in all holiday collections. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This new version of McGinley's poem, originally published in 1957, is illustrated with gouache and pencil cartoon artwork that highlights the humor in the text. Santa decides to take a vacation, his first in a thousand years. When the children of the world get the news, most give way to tears. Not Ignatius Thistlewhite, however. He organizes a movement to send gifts to Santa, who is so moved by this response that he gives up his plans and gets back on the sleigh. While the story is a tad long for most storytimes, it nonetheless begs to be shared aloud.—Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Kirkus Reviews

McGinley's 1956 text returns with a huge trim and new, robust illustrations. When an exhausted Santa can't face yet another Christmas Eve, he announces that he'll take that year off. Appalled but sympathetic, children from around the world deliver presents and letters to Santa to show their appreciation for his past service, and by Christmas Eve Santa has had a change of heart. The rollicking, rhyming text is on the long side but good fun, with some delightful tongue-twisters and felicitous rhyming pairs. The cartoony illustrations have a '50s comic-book feel, and Santa himself has a rough-around-the-edges (sometimes just rough) look. For today's kids used to countless twists on the St. Nick shtick, this nostalgia trip may be a bit ho-ho-hum, but read aloud with enough energy it may hit the spot. (Picture book. 4-7)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761457992
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 709,877
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)