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Title:
What Santa can't do
Author:
Wood, Douglas, 1951-
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Summary:
Although Santa Claus is nearly perfect, he cannot resist a plate of cookies, remember Mrs. Claus's grocery list, or even shave.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 73499.
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ISBN:
9780689861710
Format :
Book

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Summary

There are lots of things that regular people can do, but Santa can't. Santa can't always remember where he put his pipe. And he can't seem to recall what Mrs. Claus said to get at the grocery store. He can't do as many sit-ups as he used to. Santa can't sleep at night...well, not on thebignight.But we all love the things he can do on Christmas Eve!


Author Notes

Doug Cushman was born in Springfield, Ohio, on May 4, 1953. He moved to Connecticut with his family when he was 15 years old. Cushman attended a private art school in Connecticut called the Paier School of Art.

While in high school he created comic books, selling them to his classmates for a nickel a piece. He also drew a comic strip for the school newspaper. Since 1978 he has illustrated over 80 children's books, 14 of which he wrote himself.

Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery is a Reading Rainbow book. Other awards include a notable trade book honor from the National Council of Teachers of English for King Karfu, a nomination for the 1998 Garden State Children's Book award for Aunt Eater's Mystery Christmas and the 1996 Rebuen Award for Magazine and Book Illustration sponsored by the National Cartoonists Society for King Karfu.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Humans don't have a lock on playing Santa, it seems; all creatures great and small, extinct or fantastic, can't get enough of Christmas. Falling in step with this duo's previous collaborations (What Dads Can't Do, etc.), their Santa has the requisite red suit and white beard, but he just happens to be a bright green dinosaur who can't shave ("No one would know him"), drive a car ("That would hurt the reindeer's feelings") or wear Bermuda shorts (he must adhere to his dress code)-and, in the upbeat finale, readers learn that he "can't wait for Christmas!" The breezy text has an underlying warmth, and Cushman's grinning dinos in human togs are good for a hearty ho ho ho. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Cushman and Wood have teamed up for another winner with this whimsical expos? of Santa's vulnerability. He may be a bit forgetful, he may not be as fit as he once was, he may have his weakness for cookies-but this green, bearded, bespectacled Santa-dinosaur is irresistible. More a catalog of astute observations-Santa can't drive a car ("That would hurt the reindeer's feelings")-than a traditional story, the satisfying one-liners reveal the endearing down-to-earth side of this holiday icon. Cushman's colorful, imaginative watercolor-and-ink drawings bring the ideas to hilarious life. This title is excellent for reading aloud, but expect to pause while waiting for the howls of laughter to subside.-L. I. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.