When Santa Fell To Earth [NOOK Book]

Overview

What would happen if Santa fell to Earth? Christmas through the eyes of Cornelia Funke: quirky, funny, ultimately heartwarming, and packaged in a collectible format. A new holiday classic!

Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts--causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he's not safe: Jeremiah Goblynch, the ruthless new leader of the Council of Yuleland, ...
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Overview

What would happen if Santa fell to Earth? Christmas through the eyes of Cornelia Funke: quirky, funny, ultimately heartwarming, and packaged in a collectible format. A new holiday classic!

Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts--causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he's not safe: Jeremiah Goblynch, the ruthless new leader of the Council of Yuleland, is determind to put an end to children's wishes and turn the holiday season into his own personal moneymaking scheme. As the last REAL St. Nick around, only Santa stands between Goblynch and his grinchlike plan. With the help and hope of kids Charlotte and Ben, Santa must face Goblynch and his Nutcracker goons to save Christmas!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Funke's (Inkheart) reinvention of the Santa myth involves foul-mouthed elves, invisible reindeer and angels who sew, bake, cobble boots and collect children's dreams for Niklas Goodfellow, the last real Santa. After Goodfellow's caravan plummets to the earth during a thunderstorm, a kind boy named Ben, with nasty parents and a self-esteem problem, is bullied into knocking on the caravan's door. He learns Goodfellow is in grave danger from Gerold Goblynch, a Santa who's crossed over to the dark side, embracing a commercialized Christmas and sending the reindeer to the meat-packing plant. The wild explanations of Santa's operations and the scatological humor may appeal to kids who no longer believe, but younger children may be horrified at reindeer turned into salami, or frightened by Goblynch's giant Nutcracker henchmen. Ages 9-12. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
Early in December, Niklas Goodfellow and his caravan fall from the sky when his reindeer is spooked by lightning and bolts toward earth. He and his elf and angel friends are found by human children. As Ben and Charlotte struggle with their own problems, they try to help Niklas and his friends. Niklas is in danger because Goblynch is trying to destroy all the Santas and make Christmas into a money-making scheme. When Ben and Charlotte enter Yule Land, they encounter the same Nutcrackers who have been chasing Niklas and the elves. Will they escape and be able to help Niklas save Christmas? Originally published by Cecilie Dressler Vergal; translation by Oliver Georg Latsch. Black-and-white drawings by Paul Howard capture the impish elves, the frightening Nutcrackers, the non-traditional Santa Niklas, and the wonder of the children. A fun twist on the usual Santa story and what makes Christmas.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-The leader of the Great Christmas Council, one Gerold Geronimus Goblynch, has outlawed all of the old, magical ways. Snowmobiles have replaced reindeer, elves and angels are banned, and noncompliant Santas are turned into chocolate. Niklas Goodfellow is the last "real" Santa. He and his ramshackle companions-two fat angels named Matilda and Emmanuel, an invisible reindeer, and a bunch of foulmouthed elves ("steaming reindeer poo!")-are hiding from the Council. Luckily, local children Ben and Charlotte and Charlotte's dog, Mutt, join forces to save Niklas from a chocolatey fate. Funke's holiday fantasy, originally published in Germany in 1994, appeals on many levels and is surprisingly fresh. Howard's charming drawings, many full page, add just the right touch. Wonderfully imaginative details, adventure, danger, and a brave young Santa who fights to preserve all that is magical and special about Christmas make this a perfect read over a mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter's night.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two children discover that Santa's not just one person when a brightly decorated wagon crashes down in their neighborhood shortly before Christmas. Inside is Niklas Goodfellow, who explains to the astonished Ben and Charlotte that he's the only Santa left who gives out elf-manufactured toys; all of his compatriots are either under the thumb of the plutocratic Gerold Geronimus Goblynch, who distributes only commercialized goods, or they've been transformed into chocolate. In illustrations that sometimes shoulder onto the next page, Howard depicts Niklas as a gent-so young that his work clothes include a false beard-who glows with kindness, and travels with three dozen surly, Keebler-like worker elves along with a pair of diminutive angels. His determination to stay in the neighborhood until Christmas leads to a final confrontation with the un-jolly Goblynch. Adding subplots in the form of a bully for Ben and loneliness for shy Charlotte, Funke engineers just deserts for Goblynch, then closes with a Christmas Day so filled with the proper spirit of wonder that even Ben's irascible dad succumbs. The humor, plus some unusual character types, sets this apart from the general run of holiday tales. (Fantasy. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545415118
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 885,641
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke is Germany's bestselling children's author after J. K. Rowling and R. L. Stine. In the fall of 2002, she made her brilliant debut in the English-language market with the release of the New York Times bestseller The Thief Lord. She is also the author of an acclaimed YA fantasy trilogy that includes Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath.

Biography

One of the most successful children's authors of our day, multi-award-winner Cornelia Funke started out as a social worker focused on the needs of disadvantaged youngsters. She enrolled in a post-graduate course at the Hamburg State College of Design, and left social work in the mid-1980s to begin a career as a children's book illustrator. However, the books she was commissioned to work on were prosaic and unimaginative, and she soon decided to try her hand at writing stories of her own.

An ardent fan of such childhood classics as Tolkien's Ring Trilogy and the tales of C. S. Lewis and J. M. Barrie, Funke was naturally drawn to the world of fantasy. She explained her attraction in a 2006 interview with the genre blog Writer Unboxed: " [T]he wonderful thing about fantasy is that it is the oldest way of story telling -- to clad what we feel and fear into disguises and make them more clear, to pass the borders of our every day life and use our imagination for travels into unknown worlds and unlimited experiences."

Although Funke was an immediate success in her native Germany, she was largely unknown outside Europe -- that is, until a young bilingual fan wrote to a British publishing firm inquiring why her favorite author's books were not available in English. The publisher hunted down what was, at the time, Funke's most recent book (The Thief Lord) and, in 2002, published it in translation. Already the recipient of several literary honors in Europe, the engaging YA fantasy went on to win the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year Award.

One by one, as they are translated into English and published in America, Funke's wonderful stories have become huge bestsellers. Her ingenuity, imagination, and artistry shine in stand-alone novels like Dragon Rider and the Inkworld Trilogy -- Inkheart (2003), Inkspell (2005), and Inkdeath (2008). She has also produced picture books for younger readers, including The Wildest Brother, Pirate Girl, and Princess Knight. Fans who worry that this natural-born storyteller will run out of ideas can take solace in an author interview conducted in 2008 by Britain's Daily Telegraph. Asked if she had many more books in mind, Funke replied, "Oh yes, I am quite sure I won't be able to write them all down in a lifetime."

Good To Know

  • In German, Funke means "spark."

  • In 2005, Time magazine named Cornelia Funke among its "100 Most Influential Men and Women."

  • Funke claims to have written her popular Ghosthunters series "for boys who don't like to read."

  • When asked if she writes in German or English, Funke replied in a 2008 interview in The Washington Post: "I write in German. I've practiced this language for 47 years. I will never be a master in any other language. Anthea Bell, an old lady with cats, does the translation. She's amazing, and her translations are very, very true to my language."

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      1. Hometown:
        Los Angeles, CA
      1. Date of Birth:
        December 10, 1958
      2. Place of Birth:
        Dorsten, Germany
      1. Education:
        University of Hamburg

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 30, 2011

      Great kids book

      Great book for ay kid secomd grade ad up

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 27, 2006

      Well written and a quick read

      This book was a very fast read and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it. The book engages with humor and excitement, and does a good job of character development. A few words challenged our 8 year old but were easily explained.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 17, 2007

      cornelia funke , 'when santa fell to earth'

      this is by far the best book I have read ,When I was reading it I was always on the edge of my seat . I love to read so I would sometimes try to carry on a conversation while reading this book I want to read inkheart and inkspell this summer !

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 13, 2013

      Merry Christmas

      I read this book when i was in 3rd grade (6th grade now) and i loved it my sisster in reading it now. I know its a little early but shes getting in the spirit.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 27, 2013

      Awesome!!!!!!!!!!

      It is the most amazing book i ever had in the histoty of nooks!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 12, 2013

      Lol

      Lol so cute!!! Loved it!

      ~ Inkheartlover Aka: Inkheart QUEEN! ;)

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 31, 2012

      TO:TO: MARZIPAN

      Not fair! Do I get any Marzipan then?

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 30, 2006

      A Santa Story Expansion

      I really enjoyed the idea of traditional Santas being overtaken by the modern holiday Santa. The elves and angels were extra special treats as was the development of the relationship between the main character, a boy, and a new friend brought to him through the Santa who had 'fallen'. This story is a jolly adventure and just the ticket for holiday reading.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 22, 2006

      Excellent Read Aloud

      My fourth grade class really enjoyed listening to me read this book the week before Christmas vacation. It was very exciting and the figurative language was excellent! I found myself wrapped up in the story and found it hard to put down each day. I will definately make this a tradition in my classroom.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 19, 2006

      loves getting in the christmas spirit!

      once i saw the title i said 'wow!'that book title is so inspiring now i whant to write a christmas story!

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