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Red Ranger Came Calling

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ISBN13: 9780316102490
ISBN10: 0316102490
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This unique story of one boy's Christmas wish begins and ends with a bicycle. Using glowing images and a funny, provocative text, the author relives his father's most amazing childhood Christmas. A moody young boy living with his aunt on an island in the Pacific Northwest, "Red" Breathed sees himself as the "Red Ranger from Mars," his hero from the movie serials, and cannot picture life without the gift of a Red Ranger bicycle. Red is far too "swanky a human being" to believe in Santa Claus, but nevertheless he pays a visit to the aged island hermit Lord Sander Clos, rumored to be the legendary man himself now living in lonely, joyless retirement. This strange and bittersweet meeting triggers an emotional response within the self-absorbed Red. It also leads to the most remarkable bicycle ever delivered on a Christmas morning: one neatly and permanently stuck inside a tree. The book ends with a photograph of the amazing tree fifty years later — still holding the bicycle of a boy who grew up happy without it.

This book represents the Pulitzer Prize-winning Berkeley Breathed at the top of his form. It combines hypnotic imagery and richly textured language to create a powerful, unforgettable Christmas story.

Review:

"Reaffirming a reader's belief in the spirit that is Santa, this could become a perennial seller." Publisher Weekly

Review:

"A most original Christmas book." Booklist

Review:

"The author/illustrator's shadowy, often grotesque scenes evoke an atmosphere of pervasive disillusionment....Middle-schoolers too tough for Santa stories will be drawn to Breathed's looming images and cynically edged humor." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Synopsis:

Using glowing, hypnotic images and a funny, provocative text, the narrator relives his father's most amazing childhood Christmas. A moody young boy living with his aunt on an island, Red Breathed sees himself as the Red Ranger from Mars, his hero from the movie serials, and cannot picture life without the gift of a Red Ranger bicycle. Red is far too swanky a human being to believe in Santa Claus, but nevertheless he pays a visit to the aged island hermit, Lord Sander Clos, rumored to be the legendary man himself, now living in lonely, joyless retirement. This meeting triggers an emotional response within the self-absorbed Red and leads to the most remarkable bicycle ever delivered on Christmas morning. This book represents Berkeley Breathed at the top of his form.

Synopsis:

While spending Christmas in 1939 with a well-meaning aunt, a young boy who does not believe in Santa Claus has an unusual experience that changes his thinking.

About the Author

Berkeley Breathed won the Pulitzer Prize for his cartoon strip Bloom County. This is his fourth book for children and their adult counterparts.

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spidertalk, November 17, 2012 (view all comments by spidertalk)
WOW! I love this book. I came across it at an antique mall in Vegas while looking for a book for a Christmas gift for one of my brothers. I happen to find it in a hard bound cover. YAY! Red Ranger Came Calling is now my favorite Christmas book, the humor, the story itself, and the illustrations. I will have a hard time giving this up to my brother and will look for the book for myself this time. I love books that pull in an actual/factual person, place or event. Berkeley Breathed brought out the child fantasy in me, (I'm 53). I didn't care whether the book was true or not while I was reading it. I was somewhere else in real fantasy for a bit. Thank you Berkeley Breathed for your story telling gift. Oh! And by-the-way, I grew up in Las Vegas, NV. The story takes place in Vashon,on Vashon Island, WA and bike in the tree is real. I feel an added excitement about the book since one of my daughters moved to Washington per the armed forces some seven years ago. I visit her two or three times a year since and fell in love with Washington and all it's splendor, "magic", and "fantasy". It's a Merry Christmas already!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316102490
Author:
Breathed, Berkeley
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Christmas
Subject:
Christmas
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Santa claus
Subject:
Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas
Subject:
Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & Advent
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
19970901
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10.16x10.68x.20 in. .64 lbs.
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 32 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316102490 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Reaffirming a reader's belief in the spirit that is Santa, this could become a perennial seller."
"Review" by , "A most original Christmas book."
"Review" by , "The author/illustrator's shadowy, often grotesque scenes evoke an atmosphere of pervasive disillusionment....Middle-schoolers too tough for Santa stories will be drawn to Breathed's looming images and cynically edged humor."
"Synopsis" by , Using glowing, hypnotic images and a funny, provocative text, the narrator relives his father's most amazing childhood Christmas. A moody young boy living with his aunt on an island, Red Breathed sees himself as the Red Ranger from Mars, his hero from the movie serials, and cannot picture life without the gift of a Red Ranger bicycle. Red is far too swanky a human being to believe in Santa Claus, but nevertheless he pays a visit to the aged island hermit, Lord Sander Clos, rumored to be the legendary man himself, now living in lonely, joyless retirement. This meeting triggers an emotional response within the self-absorbed Red and leads to the most remarkable bicycle ever delivered on Christmas morning. This book represents Berkeley Breathed at the top of his form.
"Synopsis" by , While spending Christmas in 1939 with a well-meaning aunt, a young boy who does not believe in Santa Claus has an unusual experience that changes his thinking.
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