When Santa Lost His Ho! Ho! Ho!
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When Santa Lost His Ho! Ho! Ho!

by Laura Rader
     
 

It's almost Christmas, and everyone—from Mrs. Claus right down to the littlest elf—is getting ready for the big day. But there's something wrong at the North Pole. It's just a bit too . . . quiet. Oh no! Santa has lost his laugh! Where could it be? And how can there be Christmas without Santa's Ho! Ho! Ho!

From the author of Santa's New Suit

Overview

It's almost Christmas, and everyone—from Mrs. Claus right down to the littlest elf—is getting ready for the big day. But there's something wrong at the North Pole. It's just a bit too . . . quiet. Oh no! Santa has lost his laugh! Where could it be? And how can there be Christmas without Santa's Ho! Ho! Ho!

From the author of Santa's New Suit and Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight? comes a holiday romp that's sure to make readers giggle with glee.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
The news spreads across the globe: Santa can no longer make his famous laugh. The best he can do is a "little ‘ha ha,' a weak ‘yippee,' and a faint ‘yee ha.'" Everyone tries to help. Elves tickle his feet, reindeer don goofy costumes, folks from around the world send funny gifts and letters. But only one girl, Holly, seems to know how to jumpstart Santa's ho-ho-ho. Lively illustrations and a wacky text will tickle the funny bone of youngsters. Like Holly, they may wish to create silly pictures and letters for their white-bearded buddy in the North Pole. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal

PreS-K

Neither home remedies, a doctor's prescription of funny movies and jokes, nor the antics of the elves help Santa recover his lost ability to laugh. News spreads and he receives funny pictures from kids around the world, including Holly. When he sees her picture of what she looks like on a bad day, he bursts into his jolly chortle and Christmas is saved once again. This is Rader's third amusing and entertaining dilemma for Santa, filled with her delightfully animated, humorous pen-and-ink cartoons.-Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
In this comic tale, Santa Claus has a bit of a breakdown when he finds he has lost the special laughter that sets the tone for Christmas at the North Pole. Mrs. Claus and the elves do their best to cheer him up, to no avail, and the news travels around the world that Santa has lost his "Ho! Ho! Ho!" As an exhausted Santa sleeps, trying to restore his ability to laugh, an unusual amount of mail flows into the North Pole post office, and this finally provides the cure for Santa's malaise. A huge display of funny artwork sent by children from all over the world succeeds in restoring Santa's jolly laughter and putting a merry attitude back into the Christmas celebration. Rader's loose watercolor-and-ink illustrations are filled with funny elves (both boys and girls) and lots of amusing touches, such as a reindeer-shaped hot-air balloon. Though the premise is presented as lighthearted humor, the notion that someone might be so stressed and exhausted that he is unable to laugh also provides a subtle lesson. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061141393
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,287,004
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Rader has illustrated many popular books for children, including A Book of Hugs, A Book of Friends, and A Book of Kisses, all by Dave Ross. She is also the author and illustrator of Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight? and Santa's New Suit, which Publishers Weekly called, in a starred review, a "holiday outing [with] plenty of panache." Ms. Rader lives in Southern California.

Laura Rader has illustrated many popular books for children, including A Book of Hugs, A Book of Friends, and A Book of Kisses, all by Dave Ross. She is also the author and illustrator of Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight? and Santa's New Suit, which Publishers Weekly called, in a starred review, a "holiday outing [with] plenty of panache." Ms. Rader lives in Southern California.

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