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When Santa Fell to Earth

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Santa fights commercialization, kids help, ho hum.

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Christmas taken over by greedy corporate interests is not a new theme; the only thing new that Funke brings to this hackneyed, trite tale is a complete lack of logic. Main character Ben is sort of bullied, of course -- but not really. His parents are rather unfeeling -- until they suddenly become warm and caring.

Bright children will have guessed the whole story by page 37, and the way it unfolds isn't particularly exciting. Funke's name has become a famous brand, and so this book will certainly sell. But it's a disappointment.

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