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Title:
Auntie Claus and the key to Christmas
Author:
Primavera, Elise.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
When Chris expresses doubt about the existence of Santa Claus, his older sister Sophie reveals that their aunt is really Santa's sister and helper and then sends him on a strange journey.
General Note:
Sequel to: Auntie Claus.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
400 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 63610.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 31876 Guided reading level: O.
Electronic Access:
Publisher description http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/har021/00011242.html
ISBN:
9780152024413
Format :
Book

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Summary

It's getting toward Christmas at the Bing Cherry Hotel, and Auntie Claus is preparing for her annual "business trip." Just before she is ready to leave, her favorite nephew, Christopher Kringle, begins to have doubts about the family business. To settle the matter, Auntie Claus summons Chris for tea, but like any self-respecting Kringle, Chris decides to take matters into his own hands: He plans to get on the Bad-Boys-and-Girls List on purpose! Even after his older sister, Sophie, reveals that their great-aunt, Auntie Claus, is really Santa's sister, Chris needs to see for himself, in order to believe.
In this companion to the much loved Auntie Claus , come along on a magical journey with Sophie Kringle's little brother, Chris, to a place you may have seen only in your dreams. And discover that anything is possible, when you have the key to Christmas!


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

K^-Gr. 2. Auntie Claus, first seen in her eponymous titled book (2000), returns to reveal the meaning of Christmas to another youngster. In truth, there's not that much difference between this book and the last. Then, it was young Sophie who was a non-believer. Now, it's Sophie's brother, Christopher. Informed by the famously bad Spam twins that there is no Santa, he decides to find out for himself. He will be irksome enough to get on the Bad Girls and Boys List--if it's for real. Just like Sophie, Christopher finds himself at the North Pole, where he meets the Prunes, a gang of unbelievers who are instrumental in making Christopher believe--and believing, as Auntie Claus reminds him, is the key to Christmas. The story is somewhat leaden in places, but the artwork is all sugarplums. Once again, Primavera uses velvety soft colors and wildly imaginative images to bring both an art deco New York and a glistening North Pole to life (with the Prunes around to give the Pole an edge). A fanciful tale, more fun to look at than to read. Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

Santa's big sister is back! This time, Auntie Claus's grand-nephew Christopher Kringle is front and center, wreaking havoc at the Bing Cherry Hotel when he repeats the rumor that Santa doesn't exist. Summoned to his great-aunt's penthouse suite, Chris learns of the "B-B-and-G List" (bad boys and girls), and arranges to get himself onto it in order to get to the bottom of the family secret. While the plot is overwrought in places, it's great fun nonetheless, with Auntie Claus's larger-than-life presence presiding over Primavera's vibrant, richly saturated gouaches and pastels. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This lighthearted sequel to Auntie Claus (Harcourt, 1999) continues the adventures of Santa's extended family, the Kringles, who enjoy a life of luxury in the Bing Cherry Hotel in New York City. This time it is her nephew, Kris, who is the focus of the story. After hearing the precocious Spam twins declare that there is no Santa Claus, he, too, begins to doubt and goes on a campaign to be listed on the dreaded Bad Boys and Girls List. His sister Sophie sends him to the North Pole on Auntie's magic elevator, where he encounters the other Bad Boys and Girls, PRUNES (members of the Parade Rainers United National Elite Society) disguised as Snowboys, and ultimately declares his belief in Santa Claus after all. The wordplay and stylish jewel-toned illustrations will appeal to sophisticated adults as well as to kids who, like Kris, say, "I'll believe it when I see it."-V. W. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.