When Santa Fell to Earth

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Santa has landed in a whole lot of trouble! Thanks to Twinklestar, that marzipan-loving but lightning-shy reindeer, Santa and his caravan have come crashing down in a storm just two weeks before Christmas.
Luckily he’s (literally!) dropped into a nice neighborhood.
But Santa’s not safe.
The ruthless Gerold Geronimus Goblynch plans to put an end to children’s wishes and turn the holiday season into his ...
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Overview

Santa has landed in a whole lot of trouble! Thanks to Twinklestar, that marzipan-loving but lightning-shy reindeer, Santa and his caravan have come crashing down in a storm just two weeks before Christmas.
Luckily he’s (literally!) dropped into a nice neighborhood.
But Santa’s not safe.
The ruthless Gerold Geronimus Goblynch plans to put an end to children’s wishes and turn the holiday season into his personal moneymaking scheme. Only Santa stands between him and his grinchlike tricks. With the help of kids Charlotte and Ben, Santa will have to face Goblynch and his Nutcracker goons if he’s ever to rescue 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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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.)

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Now that Funke's U.S. name recognition is rock solid, it will surprise few to see her foreign backlist emerge in English editions. In this illustrated Christmas novel originally published in Germany in 1994, short chapters tell of a grinchy takeover in Yule Land, where the region's crack team of Santas has been forced to submit to new, moneygrubbing policies. A renegade good Santa recruits main character Ben and a lonely neighborhood girl to help topple the tyrant. Many members of the chapter book audience will count themselves too worldly to truck with books about Santa, and for every glimmer of the invention that distinguishes Funke's later efforts, there are some odd notes, such as references to Ben's math difficulties that read like a gleeful endorsement of cheating. Still, there are few Christmas-themed options for children wanting something more substantial than a picture book, and families seeking a seasonal, chapter-a-day readaloud will find the cookie-cutter storyline perfectly palatable alongside eggnog and gathered loved ones. –Jennifer Mattson

Kirkus
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: 9780739337219
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/10/2006
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 3 CDs, 4 hrs.
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 5.88 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke is the author of the bestselling novels Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord, Inkheart, and Inkspell, all available on audio from Listening Library. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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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!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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