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Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert

by Marla Frazee

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Cute story and adorable pictures - DD LOVED it! ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
Oh my! No real plot, but the pictures are *wonderful* (as you know if you've read the delightful [b:Clementine|517344|Clementine (Clementine, #1)|Sara Pennypacker|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1408357818s/517344.jpg|505277] stories) and there's so much to see a child could spend a long time looking at them and showing you his favorite bits and telling you why she likes that toy or wants to be friends with that child, etc.

Illustrations include non-typical gender roles and ethnic diversity.

The children and Santa are the only characters - no elves, reindeer, or parents. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
The purpose of this book is to almost act like an informational text for children that want to know more about Santa Clause. The text accomplishes this very well, going into how he matches every toy with every child and how he treats each gift with great care. What I love about this book is how the language of the book is immersed within the illustration instead of being removed from it like many other books. If on a certain page Santa is pacing then the text above him will begin to wrap around the illustration. My favorite example is when Santa is checking the quality of a pogo stick. The text starts off next to Santa in the upper half of the text “ He checks them out to see if they are sturdy...” From there we can follow Santa as her gets closer to the bottom half of the next page, falls, and the text states ”…Or not.” This text encourages children to point out what they can find in the illustrations, and the more they use them the funnier and more enjoyable this book can be. ( )
  adeite2 | Feb 15, 2016 |
Another fun holiday tale. The illustrations were light and comical. Fun to see the behind the scenes on how Santa picks the just right toy for everyone (well almost!). ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
Santa Claus is the World's Number One Toy Expert so he almost always gives kids that right toy. Frazee's illustrations vary from multiple small vignettes to double page full spreads that show the enormity of Santa's job. The illustrations add much to the story.
  Boockk | Feb 8, 2014 |
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In a series of comic behind-the-scenes vignettes.... Working ''long, long hours,'' Santa toils entirely by himself -- a new twist on the usual bustling North Pole scene.
 
PreS-K. The words are minimal in this exuberant holiday title that explains the extraordinary care and effort Santa puts into his work. It's the images that will truly delight. ... The disparity between the deadpan voice and the energetic, absurd pictures creates perfect comedy.... Frazee creates extraordinarily expressive characters and a strong sense of motion in her winsome scenes. Children eagerly anticipating Christmas will thoroughly enjoy this rowdy holiday celebration and its behind-the-scenes, personalized look at a diligent, devoted Santa, who, working alone... "gives the exact right toy to the exact right kid, 99.9% of the time ... no one is perfect. Not even Santa Claus."
added by CourtyardSchool | editBooklist (starred review), Vol. 102, Issue 5, Page 40, Gillian Engberg (Nov 1, 2005)
 
This unusual view of Santa Claus focuses solely on the jolly old fellow himself, because in Frazee’s interpretation, dedicated Santa does all the work, all the time and all alone, from initial toy selection to final package delivery. ... Frazee uses her trademark approach in her colored-pencil and gouache illustrations, showing multiple images of Santa on a page to indicate motion or passage of time and adding typical Frazee humor to the mix. Her Santa has a genuine personality and some real-world workplace issues of overwork and frustration, but also pride in a job well done. An oversized, horizontal format adds to the unique view of this Santa’s workaday world.
 
K-Gr 2 -- ...Dressed in high-tops, a T-shirt, and a variety of enormous shorts with patterns that suggest the passing months, Santa meticulously evaluates all kinds of toys, tests them out, and finally matches the perfect choice with each particular kid. Frazee, a master at creating scenes and moods with her energetic drawings and spare text, fills these pages with details and vignettes that readers will want to explore repeatedly. A fresh and fun look at the big guy.
added by CourtyardSchool | editSchool Library Journal (starred review), Vol. 51, Issue 10, Pages 53-54, Susan Patron (Oct 1, 2005)
 
As the world’s number one kid, toy, and gift expert, Santa gets to know every child, selects toys, performs quality control, and wraps all the gifts himself. ... The magic here lies in Frazee’s effortlessly clever, detailed illustrations. ...Frazee’s Santa is hard-working, devoted—and hip. He sports red high-tops and voluminous, suspender-hoisted boxers, the patterns on which change according to the time of year..., his mood..., or task.... Frazee delivers the exact right book for the exact right season.
added by CourtyardSchool | editHorn Book (starred review), Nov/Dec 2005, Vol. 81, Issue 6, Page 693, Bridget T. McCaffrey
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152049703, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:11 -0400)

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Santa Claus has his own ways of knowing more about children and toys than anyone else in the world.

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