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by James Patterson, Michael Garland (Illustrator)

When Warrie Ransom, the Big Boss of the Exmas Express Company, decides to buy Christmas and rename it Exmas, Santa Claus, Momma Claus, and their daugher Chrissie can't believe their eyes. Everything at the North Pole seems to change overnight—the elves stop making kids' favorite toys, the Christmas doves won't fly or sing, and no one seems to laugh anymore. It


When Warrie Ransom, the Big Boss of the Exmas Express Company, decides to buy Christmas and rename it Exmas, Santa Claus, Momma Claus, and their daugher Chrissie can't believe their eyes. Everything at the North Pole seems to change overnight—the elves stop making kids' favorite toys, the Christmas doves won't fly or sing, and no one seems to laugh anymore. It looks like Christmas is going to be ruined. But then Chrissie remembers something she had learned from her dad: you must believe in something bigger than yourself. With a little help from her dad's helpers, Chrissie—as santaKid—delivers presents to children on Christmas eve, sending Warrie Ransom back to where he came from! After all, when you believe in something, magic can happen.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The bestselling adult novelist wraps up his first picture book with a big green bow on the shiny red jacket. But the contents may leave readers wanting. "Hiya! My name is Chrissie/ and I live at the North Pole./ Pretty cool, huh?" sets the oleaginous tone for this far-reaching fantasy. Why does Chrissie frequent Santa's Toy Workshop and play with the elves and reindeer? Because she's "Santa's little girl." She debunks some beliefs about her dad (he's heart-healthy and thin, for instance; he only sprouts a beard and dresses up for his annual sleigh ride) and wards off a hostile takeover of Christmas by the Big Boss of the Exmass Express company (who manufactures toys like Princess PeePee and PooPoo). Garland's crisp digital images add zip to the action and warmth to the bond between Santa and his daughter, but can't compensate for the didactic moral. Ages 3-6. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
James Patterson has been a favorite author of mine in the mystery genre for decades. Imagine my surprise when I saw a Christmas book written by none other than Patterson. Santa's daughter Chrissi, is a regular child who has a regular dad most of the year. Only at Christmas does her father become the Santa we all know and love. Chrissi has the same questions other children have been asking for years. How does Santa reach all the children in just one night; how does he know all the addresses; and just how do all the presents fit in just one sleigh? Each time she asks her dad a question, he just tells her to believe. About the time Santa starts growing his beard and putting on weight for Christmas, a villain enters the story, Warrie Ransom. He not only buys the North Pole but also Christmas Eve. Santa becomes so depressed that he can't get out of bed to do his job, so Chrissie must come to the rescue. Will the children of the world be disappointed? The illustrations are awesome and the facial expressions just bring smiles to the reader's face. This is a perfect read-a-loud book to share with children and I believe it will become a tradition just like favorite foods and decorations. It will find its place on the shelf beside "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Patterson does an absolutely wonderful job writing for children. 2004, Little Brown and Company, Ages 3 to 9.
—Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-From the best-selling writer of books for adults comes a tale of corporate greed. Young Chrissie, daughter of Santa and Mrs. Claus, describes her enviable life at the North Pole-until Christmas is bought out by Exmas Express and Santa's workshop is run like a business, with predictably disastrous results. When her father becomes dispirited and can't make his usual rounds, Chrissie takes over and saves the day. This is a sprightly and entertaining tale that begs to be read aloud, appropriately accompanied by slick digital illustrations. This modern-looking yet ultimately charming book should appeal to many kids.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 12.32(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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SantaKid 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book, amazing illustrations and a lot of fun to read. Just like James Patterson captures adults with his stories, this has captured my daughter. She looks forward to reading it every Christmas. This along with Are You Grumpy Santa? is a great addition to any Christmas collection!
olderthandirt More than 1 year ago
Coming from Mr. Patterson, it was not what I expected. However, I liked the story, and our granddaughters enjoyed it tremendously. Will definitly keep the book and share it with our other grandchildren and, hopefully, our great-grandchildren.
srear More than 1 year ago
I read the Synopsis and it sounded great, reminds me a little of
"How the Grinch stole Christmas" but its great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every year i buy my girls (ages 9,7,3) a new christmas story to add to our collection to read on christmas eve. I bought this one and they just loved it! Its a cute totally modern story of how one litle girl saved christam from the big bad marketing men!!! It's funny and the pictures are good too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a cute story, even if it did go against 'traditional' views of Santa Claus. Santa isn't fat in this story (until Christmas), he has a daughter named Chrissy, and businesses come in to take over the operation. Still, the story was cute with your standard moral and 'save the day' experiences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another classic to read to your children at Christmas. This book shows the true meaning of Christmas by using a fun story about Santa and his daughter and what happens when you believe in something more than yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Patterson has fulfilled my needs in Alex Cross, Lindsay Boxer, and the numerous single novels. He has proved diversity in his two love stories. Now he comes with the most incredible illistrated book I have ever read. I bought this and I am a thirteen year old fanatic for my family this Christmas to read under the tree. I have started a new family tradition; thanks James!