Where, Oh Where, Is Santa Claus?

Where, Oh Where, Is Santa Claus?

by Lisa Wheeler, Ivan Bates
     
 

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It's a typical Christmas Eve at the North Pole. That is, until Santa suddenly disappears! Luckily, his polar pals are on the case. But will the furry friends rescue dear old Santa before it's too late for him to make his special deliveries?

Filled with Lisa Wheeler's festive rhymes and Ivan Bates's cozy illustrations, here is a rollicking Christmas adventure that

Overview

It's a typical Christmas Eve at the North Pole. That is, until Santa suddenly disappears! Luckily, his polar pals are on the case. But will the furry friends rescue dear old Santa before it's too late for him to make his special deliveries?

Filled with Lisa Wheeler's festive rhymes and Ivan Bates's cozy illustrations, here is a rollicking Christmas adventure that little ones will want to hear over and over again.

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"A read-it-again, rollicking rhyme fest with winsome, white animals and rosy pink backgrounds. . . . This one has it all: impeccable rhyming text, bouncy rhythm, rich language, engaging illustrations and a breathtaking ending. A surefire success for Santa storytimes."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Publishers Weekly

The search is on when Santa's reindeer put out their version of an APB: "Clip-clop, clip-clop, two-by-two./ Santa, Santa! Where are you?" All manner of polar paws (and some fins) get in step and join the hunt on a frigid, frosty arctic night. Could prints in the snow ("Ziggy-zaggy/ tricky track./ Crisscross, crisscross/ doubles back") be a break in the case? This jaunty, fun-to-say verse has the verve of a kid-friendly whodunit. And Wheeler and Bates's (One Dark Night) snowy sleuths, most notably a gleeful belly-sliding seal pup and "bumbling-tumbling" polar cub shaking off the water from an evening dip, are not to be missed. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-Santa is missing and a variety of Arctic animals set out to find him. In bouncy rhyming couplets, they look high and low. "Clip-clop, clip-clop, two-by-two./Santa! Santa! Where are you?" They finally find him buried in a snowbank with just his snow-shoed boots sticking out. With a "Heave-Ho! Heave . . . Ho-Ho-Ho!," they all help to pull him out. The simple rhymes and language and the wax-crayon-and-watercolor illustrations make this an appealing, but not essential, read-aloud.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
Where, oh where, is there a delightfully fresh Christmas story? A read-it-again, rollicking rhyme fest with winsome, white animals and rosy pink backgrounds? Right here in this enchanting tale about arctic animals who rescue Santa Claus after he falls into a snow drift during a rest stop for the reindeer. The worried reindeer on the cover and first spread establish the concept that Santa is missing in action, and in the following pages, arctic hares, seals, an arctic fox and polar bears are introduced with short, clever rhymes about their distinguishing features and mode of motion. The animals join forces to follow the boot tracks in the snow, finding poor Santa buried upside down, with only his snowshoes sticking out. After his rescue, Santa and the reindeer take off into the sky, which has gradually been darkening from pink to purple, with just a single word of text: "WHOOSH." The final, spectacular spread completes the phrase ("AWAY!") with a glowing view of the Northern Lights, and once again, Santa Claus has disappeared. This one has it all: impeccable rhyming text, bouncy rhythm, rich language, engaging illustrations and a breathtaking ending. A surefire success for Santa storytimes. (Picture book. 2-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547576756
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,185,388
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

LISA WHEELER is the author of many irresistible read-aloud picture books. She lives near Detroit, Michigan.
IVAN BATES has illustrated two previous picture books by Lisa Wheeler, as well as Just You and Me and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, both written by Sam McBratney. He lives in England.

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