What Santa Can't Do

Overview

What can't Santa do? Lots of things!

He can never buy enough reindeer biscuits.

He can't wait to try out the new toys.

He can't stop smiling.

And, just like you and me,

Santa can't wait for...well, you'll see!

The "New York Times" bestselling team points out ...

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Overview

What can't Santa do? Lots of things!

He can never buy enough reindeer biscuits.

He can't wait to try out the new toys.

He can't stop smiling.

And, just like you and me,

Santa can't wait for...well, you'll see!

The "New York Times" bestselling team points out that there are lots of things that Santa can't seem to get just right, no matter how hard he tries.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Humans don't have a lock on playing Santa, it seems; all creatures great and small, extinct or fantastic, can't get enough of Christmas. Falling in step with this duo's previous collaborations (What Dads Can't Do, etc.), their Santa has the requisite red suit and white beard, but he just happens to be a bright green dinosaur who can't shave ("No one would know him"), drive a car ("That would hurt the reindeer's feelings") or wear Bermuda shorts (he must adhere to his dress code)-and, in the upbeat finale, readers learn that he "can't wait for Christmas!" The breezy text has an underlying warmth, and Cushman's grinning dinos in human togs are good for a hearty ho ho ho. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
While there are many things that Santa can do, such as finding "every house in every town in every country," there are many things he cannot do. Wood's humorous list is perfectly matched by Cushman's illustrations of a dinosaur Santa. What fun they must have had creating this book. There are also some heartwarming things such as, "Santa just can't help smiling," and "He can't stand having an empty lap." Reds and greens abound in these cheery cartoon-style illustrations. Parents and children will find themselves laughing together as they share this story. However, readers should note that this mini edition does not include all of the scenes or "Can and Can't Dos" that the larger picture book contains. This team has collaborated on three other books that describe what dads and moms and teachers "Can't Do." 2004 (orig. 2003), Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 8.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Cushman and Wood have teamed up for another winner with this whimsical expos of Santa's vulnerability. He may be a bit forgetful, he may not be as fit as he once was, he may have his weakness for cookies-but this green, bearded, bespectacled Santa-dinosaur is irresistible. More a catalog of astute observations-Santa can't drive a car ("That would hurt the reindeer's feelings")-than a traditional story, the satisfying one-liners reveal the endearing down-to-earth side of this holiday icon. Cushman's colorful, imaginative watercolor-and-ink drawings bring the ideas to hilarious life. This title is excellent for reading aloud, but expect to pause while waiting for the howls of laughter to subside.-L. I. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Publishers Weekly ...good for a hearty ho ho ho.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594260950
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/5/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Wood is the author of When a Dad Says “I Love You,” When a Grandpa Says “I Love You, The Secret of Saying Thanks, and A Quiet Place as well as the New York Times bestselling Can’t Do series. His books Old Turtle and Old Turtle and the Broken Truth were both international bestsellers. Additional titles include No One But You, illustrated by P.J. Lynch; Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed The World, illustrated by Barry Moser; and Where the Sunrise Begins, illustrated by K.Wendy Popp. Douglas lives in a cabin in the woods of Minnesota. A studied naturalist, he shares his knowledge of nature as a wilderness guide.

Doug Cushman is best known for his illustrations in the Can't Do series. He created the lovable dinosaur characters you see in this series. He simply can't wait for the next Can't Do book, called What Grandmas Can't Do.

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