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Auntie Claus
Primavera, Elise.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Silver Whistle/Harcourt Brace, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
When her eccentric Auntie Claus leaves for her annual business trip, Sophie stows away in her luggage, travels with her to the North Pole, and discovers that her aunt is really Santa's sister and helper.
Reading Level:
AD 410 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 42382.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 2 Quiz: 19380 Guided reading level: O.

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PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
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Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker--or is she? Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt, Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there's her annual "business trip," right around the holidays. This year Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus's mysterious ways. Put on your mittens and bundle up for an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Ho, ho, ho!

Author Notes

ELISE PRIMAVERA has been writing and illustrating children's books for more than twenty-five years. She has received numerous awards for her work and in 2004 was asked to illustrate the Christmas Brochure for the White House. Her Christmas classic AUNTIE CLAUS earned two stared reviews and was a New York Times Bestseller.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. In this frothy Christmas escapade, bratty little Sophie Kringle decides to find out where her mysterious Auntie Claus goes each year after Halloween. So Sophie sneaks into Auntie's trunk and is whisked to a snowy land, where she is mistaken for an elf and sent to work in the mail room. It is only after Sophie erases her brother's name on the bad children's list and replaces it with her own that she learns her aunt is the real force behind Christmas and what the holiday is really about. The book's message--it's better to give than receive--might be missed in all the glam and glitter that surrounds it. If the story is a bit lean, the artwork is thick with snow, greenery, and decorations. Primavera's pictures deftly combine sophistication in the form of Auntie and her New York lifestyle with a wildly childlike world view full of snowmen, elves, and Santas dancing through the story. The velvety colorings, deep purples and icy blues mixed with traditional reds and greens, seem soft enough to touch. Like William Joyce's Santa Calls (1993), images from the book will be used promotionally by Saks Fifth Avenue. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

A healthy dose of holiday magic abounds in a picture book poised to make a big splash. A little bit Auntie Mame, a little bit Coco Chanel, Sophie Kringle's glamorous great-aunt lives in a penthouse atop Manhattan's Bing Cherry Hotel. Auntie Claus disappears every holiday season on a mysterious business trip and, determined to discover her destination, Sophie stows away and follows her. Larded with scrumptious visual foreshadowing, Primavera's hilariously arch gouache and pastel illustrations are the highlight of this merry confection. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) FYI: The author has established a Web site for the book at, and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City has chosen Primavera's tale as the theme for its holiday window display. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Why does the elegant and mysterious Auntie Claus go away on a "business trip" every year, from November to February? Young Sophie Kringle, whose family loves Christmas so much they keep their tree up all year long, wants to find out. Stowing away in her aunt's luggage, she becomes a worker elf in a place readers will recognize as Santa's workshop. Illustrated with flair in gouache and pastels in deep, vibrant colors, the engaging pictures brim with funny and surreal details, such as Christmas-tree shaped hairdos. The none-too-subtle message-that it's better to give than to receive-nearly overwhelms the story, but the narrative is ultimately successful. Readers will end up cheering for Sophie as she discovers the true meaning of the season.-S.P. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.