TITLE: Santa Claus The World’s Number One Toy Expert
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Marla Frazee
PUBLISHER: Harcourt, 2005
How does Santa know how to match the exact right toy with the exact right kid every December?
He knows because he’s the world’s number one kid and toy and gift expert, and he works long, long hours the whole year through, taking notes, compiling his research, thinking and testing and changing his mind. Then, at last, he gets it all figured out, and on Christmas morning, he makes magic happen.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : The illustrations in this story grabbed me from the very start and wouldn’t let me go. Author/Illustrator Marla Frazee shines a whimsical light on just how seriously Santa takes his job as the world’s number one toy expert. From trying out each and every toy to hand picking which one will eventually make its way under some special child’s Christmas tree, Santa works hard year-round to make things perfect. And at the end of the day, when all those presents have been delivered, it’s time for that jolly ol’ elf to unwrap a special gift of his own! I kind of wish this book would have been around when my own son was still a child, eagerly counting down the days to a visit from Saint Nick. What a great addition to any library!
RATING: *****5 Stars *****
1 star…probably not worth your time.
2 stars…there are some things to like, but some elements could have been stronger.
3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.
4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.
5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!
Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.
Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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