What Does Mrs. Claus Do?

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We all know Santa spends Christmas Eve making lists, checking them twice, reigning in reindeer, leaving gifts for the "nice." But what about Mrs. Claus? First-time author Kate Wharton weaves a modern tale about the ways Santa's better half might occupy herself while her husband navigates chimneys and stuffs the stockings.

Wharton's merry text will inspire many a theory about Mrs. Claus, while the visual jokes in Christian Slade's detailed ...

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Overview

We all know Santa spends Christmas Eve making lists, checking them twice, reigning in reindeer, leaving gifts for the "nice." But what about Mrs. Claus? First-time author Kate Wharton weaves a modern tale about the ways Santa's better half might occupy herself while her husband navigates chimneys and stuffs the stockings.

Wharton's merry text will inspire many a theory about Mrs. Claus, while the visual jokes in Christian Slade's detailed paintings will have little bellies shaking like bowls full of jelly.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
There are many stories about what Santa Claus is up to on Christmas Eve, but not much about his wife. Now bouncy verses speculate on what keeps versatile Mrs. Claus busy. She might just take it easy. Or she might host a black-tie Jingle Bell Ball, honoring veteran deer. Perhaps she holds a meeting of Claus Enterprises to project future toys, or works with elf engineers on new products. Wharton speculates that she might even shadow Santa, making sure all goes well as he does his job, then beating him back home afterward. There are three double pages plus of other possible jobs she might do. But best of all, Mrs. Claus and Santa are both happy to have him home safely so they can spend Christmas together. Slade's illustrations of watercolors, gouache, ink, graphite and colored pencils flood these pages with a very busy jolly, plump, bespectacled, gray-haired woman. The elves are created for laughs with long crooked noses and pointed green hats, while the settings are definitely naturalistic. The multiple monochrome images on the front and back end pages depict our sweet old lady in a myriad of activities from traditional in the front to very non-traditional: skate-boarding, ballet dancing and log-rolling, for example, in the back. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Rhyming couplets convey an imaginative array of options for Mrs. Claus's Christmas Eve. She could be doing anything, from hostessing a black-tie Jingle Bell Ball to overseeing a rather dreary, industrial-looking toy- packing plant. In another scenario, she acts as a black-clad, unseen, special Santa agent, shadowing Mr. Claus for the purpose of "watching his back." Somewhat muddy-toned full- and double-page art depicts the lumpy Mrs. C. in any number of getups; in many of the pictures, her gray bun is the only hint that she is a woman. A slight offering.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Some might think that Mrs. Claus stays home quietly reading on Christmas Eve, with retired reindeer curled up at her feet. That's just the case in the first spread of this clever, rhymed story, but after that, Wharton presents other ideas of what Mrs. C. might be up to-lots of ideas. Santa's spouse might be hosting the Jingle Bell Ball, outfitted in a maroon evening gown and pearls. Or she might be in a business suit running Claus Enterprises and getting all those toys ready at the factory with the elf engineers. After these well-developed ideas, the narrative revs up and starts spitting out several dozen occupations for Mrs. Claus in rollicking succession, with the illustrations showing her in appropriate garb for each sort of career. The choices are wide-ranging and humorous, ranging from the unusual to the fantastic. The flawlessly rhyming text zips along, ending sweetly with Mr. and Mrs. Claus reunited for Christmas day on the final page. It's great to see a senior citizen so breezily handling any job that might come her way. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582461649
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,456,316
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

What does KATE WHARTON do? She's a screenwriter, kung fu black belt, statistician, self-defense instructor, wife, and mother of two. She wrote WHAT DOES MRS. CLAUS DO? one Christmas Eve while watching Mrs. Claus rappel down the Space Needle near her home in Seattle, Washington.

CHRISTIAN SLADE enjoys illustration as much as Santa's elves enjoy building toys. For research, Christian journeyed by snowsled, with his wife Ann and their toddler twins Kate and Nate, to the North Pole to interview Mrs. Claus personally. The sleigh was pulled by their two Welsh corgis, Penny and Leo, from their home in Winter Garden, Florida.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

    Fresh & Funny

    This is a fresh, funny, original take on Christmas. So fun that I bought a second book to send to my niece. It's a great addition to the Christmas book collection...you'll love it!

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