A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Amid all the inventive speculation, the text conveys some common elements of Christmas culture and Santa lore, including his team of reindeer, his going down the chimney, the traditions of a Christmas tree decorated with lights, stockings hung by the fireplace, leaving cookies out for Santa, and Santa leaving presents by the tree.
"Should we leave out carrots, not cookies, on Christmas Eve, since they're good for his eyesight?" "Dogs must like Santa very much, or else they'd bark. He probably carries treats in his pocket and knows just where every dog likes to be scratched."
Positive Role Models
Santa is kind and finds ways to bring presents to kids. He's also nice to dogs. His reindeer aid him in him in getting down the chimney.
Santa has tan skin.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? is by the irrepressible team of author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen. Here they combine Barnett's kid-like wonderings with Klassen's deadpan depiction of Santa to deliver a sweet and funny holiday tale that contemplates a mystery that has puzzled kids for ages. Great for a laugh-out-loud or sly-chuckle read-aloud.
Is It Any Good?
This deadpan, hilarious holiday book tackles an age-old Santa question, offering a sleighful of answers to delight kids and grown-ups alike. Other questions arise besides How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? as well: "Can Santa see in the dark? Does he wear night-vision goggles that make everything green? I bet he'd like that. Because Santa likes green. Or heat-vision goggles? Because he might like red better." The wackier the speculation the better. When author Mac Barnett wonders if Santa does laundry between houses after his suit gets sooty in the chimney, we see Santa in a family's basement, stripped down to his heart-patterned boxer shorts, socks, and sleeveless undershirt, calmly reading the newspaper as his suit spins in the washing machine.
Barnett is in touch with the kinds of things that might float though a curious kid's imagination. And he couldn't have a better partner than Jon Klassen to provide the visuals for every possibility mentioned. Barnett confesses he doesn't know the true answer to how Santa goes down or goes back up the chimney, "But I'm so glad he can."
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