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Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert

Marla Frazee


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Other Editions of This Title:
Board book (9/11/2018)
Hardcover, Chinese (12/1/2020)
Paperback (10/25/2011)
Hardcover (10/1/2005)


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.

Praise For Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert

A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the YearAn IRA Children's ChoiceAn Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award WinnerA Nick Jr. Magazine Best Book of the Year [set star] "Exuberant. . . . Children eagerly anticipating Christmas will thoroughly enjoy this rowdy holiday celebration and its behind-the-scenes, personalized look at a diligent, devoted Santa."--Booklist, starred review [set star] "The magic here lies in Frazee's effortlessly clever, detailed illustrations; she delivers the exact right book for the exact right season."--Horn Book, starred review [set star] "A delight."--Publishers Weekly, starred review [set star] "Anyone who thinks Santa is idle or frivolous in the off-season will be proven wrong by this amusing behind-the-scenes portrayal of a man who's very much a child at heart. . . . A fresh and fun look at the big guy."--School Library Journal, starred review "A new twist on the usual bustling North Pole scene."--New York Times Book Review

"Extraordinarily expressive . . . children . . . will thoroughly enjoy this rowdy holiday celebration."

— Booklist

"He tests mechanical toys, bonds with stuffed animals, wraps everything and then carefully selects the right toy for every child."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Frazee takes a peek into all of St. Nick's thorough - but oh, so fun - work..."

— Publishers Weekly

"A master at creating scenes and moods, ... readers will want to explore repeatedly."

— School Library Journal

"Effortlessly clever . . . Frazee delivers the exact right book for the exact right season."

— The Horn Book Magazine

Clarion Books, 9780547480749, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2010

About the Author

MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, some of which she also wrote. Her picture book A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever was named a Caldecott Honor Book. She is also the author and illustrator of Walk On! A Guide for Babies of All Ages; Santa Claus, the World's Number One Toy Expert; Roller Coaster; and Hush, Little Baby. She is the illustrator of Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman, Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild by Mem Fox, and more. Marla Frazee lives in Pasadena, California. Visit her website at