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Red Ranger Came Calling by Berkeley Breathed

Red Ranger Came Calling

by Berkeley Breathed

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I would hang on to this book for an older child. At times I wasn't so sure where the book was going... I was a little uneasy, and I suppose that mirrored the young protagonist's skepticism. Where the book goes--the ending--is the best part. ( )
  tercat | Nov 19, 2013 |
This story is one of Berke Breathed's father and his encounter with someone who may or may not be Santa posing as a retired hermit. The story is much longer than most picture books so it definitely would wear out your average younger reader before they got to the end, but the story is a lot of fun all the same if you manage to get past the tiny font and excessive words per page. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Red Ranger Came Calling is not your daddy's typical Santa Claus tale, but it is based on one told by the author's father, who guaranteed it as true. Breathed's gift for depicting strong expressions of emotion is on full display, but it is not his illustrations which tell this story. Red Ranger is a book to be enjoyed by the whole family; lucky readers will relish the sound of the storyteller's prose and dialogue rolling off their tongues as much as listeners will engage with the masterfully suspenseful tale. The best fantasy story is one which has enough reality to evoke a Maybe.... This nostalgic look at one boy's encounter with Santa and his elves holds this power and is highly recommended for readers of all ages, especially at Christmas. ( )
  ASKier | Jul 10, 2011 |
I saw that bicycle stuck in that tree... This story is a true one! You can bet on it. ( )
  RicTresa | Jan 10, 2010 |
This is a book bout the retelling of a story the was told to the author on each Christmas Eve of his Childhood. This is my least favorite of his series. ( )
  gaylagoff | Apr 19, 2008 |
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During the Depression years, before the second war, my folks would banish me from East Orange, New Jersey, to Michigan for the school year and then ship me to upstate New York for summer camp.
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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.

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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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