Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert
By Marla Frazee
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152049706, 40pp.)
Publication Date: October 2005
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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.
MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many picture books, including Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers; Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox; and her own Roller Coaster. She lives in Pasadena, California.
"Extraordinarily expressive . . . children . . . will thoroughly enjoy this rowdy holiday celebration."
"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."