Synopses & Reviews
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.
Celebrated author-illustrator Marla Frazee's fresh, lively take on a traditional subject is sure to become a favorite with young believers everywhere. With delicious humorous moments and a warm, unexpected ending, this book is truly a Christmas treat, one that begs to be read aloud and savored year after year.
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year An IRA Children's Choice An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner A Nick Jr. Magazine Best Book of the Year and#160; [set star] "Exuberant. . . . Children eagerly anticipating Christmas will thoroughly enjoy this rowdy holiday celebration and its behind-the-scenes, personalized look at a diligent, devoted Santa."--Booklist, starred review and#160; [set star] "The magic here lies in Frazee's effortlessly clever, detailed illustrations; she delivers the exact right book for the exact right season."--Horn Book, starred review and#160; [set star] "A delight."--Publishers Weekly, starred review and#160; [set star] "Anyone who thinks Santa is idle or frivolous in the off-season will be proven wrong by this amusing behind-the-scenes portrayal of a man who's very much a child at heart. . . . A fresh and fun look at the big guy."--School Library Journal, starred review and#160; "A new twist on the usual bustling North Pole scene."--New York Times Book Review
"He tests mechanical toys, bonds with stuffed animals, wraps everything and then carefully selects the right toy for every child."
"Frazee takes a peek into all of St. Nick's thorough - but oh, so fun - work..."
"A master at creating scenes and moods, ... readers will want to explore repeatedly."
"Effortlessly clever . . . Frazee delivers the exact right book for the exact right season."
"Extraordinarily expressive . . . children . . . will thoroughly enjoy this rowdy holiday celebration."
Aand#160;playful glimpse into the life of Santa Claus--nowand#160;in an adorable stocking stuffer edition!and#160;
About the Author
MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many acclaimed picture books,andnbsp;some of which she also wrote.andnbsp;Her picture bookandnbsp;A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Everandnbsp;was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 2009. She is also the author andandnbsp;illustrator of Walk On! A Guide for Babies of All Ages;andnbsp;Santa Claus, the Worldand#39;s Number One Toy Expert; Roller Coaster; and Hush, Littleandnbsp;Baby. Sheandnbsp;is theandnbsp;illustrator of The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman and Harriet, Youand#39;ll Drive Me Wild by Mem Fox. Marla Frazee livesandnbsp;in Pasadena, California. Visit her website at marlafrazee.com.