Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? Claudine is suspicious of Santa and does not want him to come to her house. “He watched you when you were sleeping and when you were awake. Which was snooping. He decided who was naughty or nice, and naughty kids didn’t get Christmas presents. Which wasn’t nice. He landed on your house in the middle of the night, then snuck inside. Which was rude.” So, Claudine decides to misbehave so that Santa will not come. She does things like splash bubbles in the tub and squirt toothpaste all over the bathroom. The only problem is that Claudine’s older sister Maxine does behave, so Santa will still deliver gifts for her. Claudine decides to stay downstairs on Christmas Eve so Santa won’t “break into her home.” Christmas morning arrives and there are no gifts under the tree. Luckily, Santa has left the family’s presents out on the porch so as not to upset Claudine. The brightly colored illustrations complement the storyline and are filled with holiday tones of red, green and gold. This would be an additional purchase for libraries.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Readers might find it hard to believe that Claudine would rather have no presents at all than to have Santa deliver them.
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a good choice for children who are worried about being naughty at Christmas time.
Who should buy this book? Larger public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 11/10/17