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Are you grumpy, Santa?
Spiridellis, Gregg.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
First the elves shrink his suit; then he's chased by a poodle; next he's stuck in a chimney; then he slips on a noodle. Will Santa ever find a way to make the GRUMPIES disappear?
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 84410.
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Author Notes

Gregg and Evan Spiridellis are the founders of JibJab Media, an award-winning studio that has produced animation, children's books and toys. The Spiridellis brothers and attained great popularity during the 2004 presidential election with their political spoof songs and animation shorts. The brothers have been on ABC News, The Tonight Show, CNN, FOX, CNBC and the Today Show. Peter Jennings named the brothers "Persons of the Year" in 2004

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Publisher's Weekly Review

To the titular question, the answer is yes. But, confirming what carbohydrate addicts have known all along, the Spiridellis brothers, in their children's book debut, espouse that a plate of cookies can cure even an extreme case of the grumps. Via rhyming verse and computer-generated artwork-a jarring mix of pancake-flat cartoonish characters and more dimensional backgrounds-Santa experiences a Murphy's Law day of preparations leading up to his Christmas Eve ride. Aches and pains (in one of many accidents, "he fell into the fireplace/ and sprained his/ chubby tush"), an itchy wool suit (the comfortable suit was shrunk in the dryer) and an empty belly (the garishly made-up Mrs. Claus has put him on a diet) darken Santa's mood. The tale ends with an admonition to readers: "Just be sure to leave some cookies,/ in case Santa's feeling grumpy." Ages 3-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A rhyming text that scans awkwardly is paired with computer-generated illustrations to present a didactic story summed up on the penultimate page: "When people do/nice things for you,/the GRUMPIES/disappear!" A potentially humorous idea (Santa is having a very bad day), diluted by a contrived text, results in an offering with minimal impact.-S. P. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.