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When Santa fell to Earth

by Funke, Cornelia, 1958-

Format: Book on CD 2006
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 3 copies
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j CD FUN
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Juvenile Audio Juv Audio CDB Fun (3-discs)
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Collection  Juvenile Audio
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When he and his caravan come crashing down to earth during a thunderstorm two weeks before Christmas, Santa is befriended by two children, Charlotte and Ben, who try to help him save the holiday from the tricks and moneymaking schemes of Gerold Geronimus Goblynch and to take off in time for his annual rounds.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Now that Funke's U.S. name recognition is rock solid, it will surprise few to see her foreign backlist emerge in English editions. In this illustrated Christmas novel originally published in Germany in 1994, short chapters tell of a grinchy takeover in Yule Land, where the region's crack team of Santas has been forced to submit to new, moneygrubbing policies. A renegade good Santa recruits main-character Ben and a lonely neighborhood girl to help topple the tyrant. Many members of the chapter-book audience will count themselves too worldly to truck with books about Santa, and for every glimmer of the invention that distinguishes Funke's later efforts, there are some odd notes, such as references to Ben's math difficulties, which read like a gleeful endorsement of cheating. Still, there are few Christmas-themed options for children wanting something more substantial than a picture book, and families seeking a seasonal, chapter-a-day read-aloud will find the cookie-cutter story line perfectly palatable alongside eggnog and gathered loved ones. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Funke's (Inkheart) reinvention of the Santa myth involves foul-mouthed elves, invisible reindeer and angels who sew, bake, cobble boots and collect children's dreams for Niklas Goodfellow, the last real Santa. After Goodfellow's caravan plummets to the earth during a thunderstorm, a kind boy named Ben, with nasty parents and a self-esteem problem, is bullied into knocking on the caravan's door. He learns Goodfellow is in grave danger from Gerold Goblynch, a Santa who's crossed over to the dark side, embracing a commercialized Christmas and sending the reindeer to the meat-packing plant. The wild explanations of Santa's operations and the scatological humor may appeal to kids who no longer believe, but younger children may be horrified at reindeer turned into salami, or frightened by Goblynch's giant Nutcracker henchmen. Ages 9-12. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Santa Claus -- Juvenile fiction.
Santa Claus -- Fiction.
Christmas -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Random House/Listening Library,2006
Edition Unabridged ed.
Other Titles Als der Weihnachtsmann vom Himmel fiel.
Contributors Latsch, Oliver.
Participants/Performers Read by the author.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Description 3 audio discs (approximately 59 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0739337831
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