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Andover Free Library 1 E J (CHRISTMAS) New books
Branchport - Modeste Bedient Memorial Library 1 E J New Juvenile Fiction
Elmira - Steele Memorial Library 1 E J (CHRISTMAS) Holiday Book

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Claudine doesn't think Santa should be allowed to just barge into her house--that's not polite at all! The only way to keep him out? Get on his Naughty List . . .

If you think about it, Santa is a pretty rude guy. He watches you while you sleep. He withholds presents if he decides you weren't good this year. And he sneaks into your house! Uninvited!

Claudine wants none of it--she is determined to keep Santa away from her house this Christmas! And the only way to do it? Be as NAUGHTY as possible. Too bad Claudine's actually a pretty good kid at heart . . .

This out-of-the-ordinary perspective on the beloved holiday figure will have kids rolling with laughter, while letting them know that it's okay to have an opinion different from the norm!

Author Notes

PATRICK JENNINGS is the author of over twenty books for children. He was born in Indiana and moved to Arizona as a teenager. He attended Arizona State University and San Francisco State University, where he studied education, writing, and art. He has taught English and preschool in the United States and Mexico and was a librarian in the oldest public library in Arizona. He now lives and writes in a small seaport town on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington with his family. Visit him on the Web at patrickjennings.com.

SUZANNE KAUFMAN is an author, illustrator, and animator. Over the years she's done everything from animating special effects for Universal Television and the Discovery Channel to animating award-winning video games for children. When not tramping through the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, she can be found teaching animation or working in her studio. She lives in Seattle with her husband. Visit her on the Web at suzannekaufman.com

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Claudine is creeped out by the thought of Santa sneaking into her house, snooping around, and looking to see who's asleep or awake. Also, he passes out presents based on kids' naughtiness or niceness? Still, she figures out how to use that to her advantage. To drive Santa away, she's unusually naughty in the days leading up to Christmas, though her big sister warns that she won't get any presents. On the big morning, it looks like she's right, until Claudine opens the front door and finds a pile of gifts just outside. Written with plenty of dialogue, the story moves along at a good pace. The richly colorful digital illustrations create a jaunty tone, illustrating familiar seasonal activities as well as Claudine's antics, which are mildly mischievous rather than destructive. An unusual take on the Christmas theme, this picture book will appeal to kids who loved David Shannon's It's Christmas, David! (2010) and are ready for a somewhat longer picture book about a girl with good intentions, patient parents, and a benevolent Santa.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2017 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Claudine, a bright-eyed girl with a blonde bob, has strong feelings about Santa: "He watched you when you were sleeping and when you were awake. Which was snooping." Then there's the fact that he sneaks into kids' houses in the middle of the night. Claudine attempts to derail Santa's impending home invasion by acting so naughty that he won't visit her house, a course of action that doesn't thrill her older sister. Retro details add charm to Kaufman's cheery illustrations (Claudine sings along to a record player during a loud, late-night performance of "Silent Night"), and it's always clear that there's no maliciousness behind her bad behavior. Jennings playfully suggests that skepticism (and an awareness of one's own comfort zone) is a good thing-and something Santa can respect, as it turns out. Ages 3-7. Author's agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. Illustrator's agent: Alexandra Penfold, Upstart Crow Literary. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Young Claudine is not fond of Santa's snooping ways and his habit of breaking into homes, so she tries to figure out a way to keep him out. She writes him a polite letter asking that her presents be mailed to her and then decides to be as naughty as possible. When Claudine's sister Maxine points out that Santa has to come down the chimney to deliver Maxine's presents, Claudine lies in wait on Christmas Eve. She falls asleep-but luckily, Santa somehow got the message, because all the presents are waiting for the family in the front yard. The story is pretty weak-Claudine's preference for having no presents at all rather than a visit from Santa is baffling, as is why she thinks that a nice letter won't work but being naughty will, and the finale is anticlimactic. The cartoon illustrations are bright and charming, and blonde Claudine's red-and-white-striped pajamas are echoed on the endpapers. VERDICT Light and mildly entertaining Christmas fare, especially for young contrarians.-Eva Mitnick, Los -Angeles Public Library © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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