Synopses & Reviews
Bestselling novelist James Patterson, who has been entertaining millions of Americans for decades, now brings his considerable talent for storytelling to a young audience with a joyful, spunky tale that brings every child's Christmas fantasy to life.
Who wouldn't want to be Santa's little girl? Chrissie spends her days playing with reindeer and elves, learning about magic and life from her jolly dad. That is, until one day when the Big Boss of the Exmas Express company, Warrie Ransom, arrives and declares that "EVERYTHING IS FOR SALE" including Christmas! With the North Pole run by Exmas Express, work is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Spirits sink so low that poor Santa can't even get himself out of bed. But come Christmas Eve, someone has to make sure that children everywhere wake up to their gifts under the tree. It's Chrissie's memory of her father's own magical words that gives her the courage to save the day.
Humorous and heartwarming, and with a deeply resonant message, here is a story that today's children will be reading to ther children for generations to come.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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....Patterson does an absolutely wonderful job writing for children." Children's Literature
The #1 New York Times bestselling author turns his attention to a young audience with this joyful, spunky tale about Santa's little girl, whose memory of her father's magical words give her the courage to save the day in this Christmas fantasy. Includes a free poster. Full color.
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.
About the Author
James Patterson, the author of countless international bestsellers, wrote much of Santa Kid in the family playroom with his young son, Jack. Some of his top hit novels include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas and the Alex Cross series, including Along Came a Spider. The Patterson family lives in Florida.