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Santa Claws

by Laura Leuck, Gris Grimly (Illustrator)

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This is a wickedly fun Christmas book. It is a twisted take on a classic. The illustrations are perfect. Reminded me of the Nightmare before Christmas. Who doesn't love some blister toe hung for the holidays?! ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
Santa Claws offers weary holiday readers a gruesome Nightmare Before Christmas like alternative to the standard holiday fare. In this little tale we meet Mack & Zack two eager monster children preparing for Christmas and Santa (in his blood red suite and snake in his boot) will be along shortly. These boys are prepared, they've hung their smelly socks by the fire with care, the oozing blistertoe is hung, and the dead pine trees decorated and ready to go! Young readers will love this morbid little tale fully of macabre Christmas cheer...the only drawback is that it's extremely brief...there is minimal text and while the art is lovingly drawn and detail rich, the nearly monochromatic watercolor illustrations may not be well received by younger readers...but I think older kids (4-8) will get a kick out of this and it's something that beginner readers should have no trouble with at all. An added bonus are the "ads" on the endpapers...for gruesome things like Ear Wax Furniture Polish, Sludge Hair Dressing for Men, and Dog Breath Mouth Wash...it's a cute touch that I think kids will really enjoy! I give it four stars...I simply wish there was more of this gruesome little holiday story! ( )
  the_hag | Dec 30, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0811849929, Hardcover)

Mack and Zack are getting ready for Christmashanging up their smelly socks and blistertoe, decorating their dead pine tree, making poisonberry pies.

Here in the rollicking rhyme of Laura Leuck and the gruesomely silly illustrations of Gris Grimly, is a truly memorable Christmas tale. Mack and Zack may be monsters, but their excitement is the same as that of children the world around. Come join the celebrations in Monster Town!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:00 -0400)

Rhyming text and illustrations follow the Christmas Eve activities of monster boys Mack and Zack as they get ready for a visit from Santa Claws.

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