Every holiday we receive books about the holiday and check out books in the library about the holiday. Santa Claus The World’s Number One Toy Expert is one that we thought was fun and hilarious! We loved not only the story, but also the fun pictures!
This story starts off with a picture of Santa with children all over him. Then we see Santa with children telling him what they want for Christmas. We see children on his lap and the shy one who is not. From a baby wetting his lap to a small boy hugging him, we see that Santa loves his job. What I found neat about these pictures is that Santa has the same facial expression as the children do in most of them: the twins fighting has Santa looking cross, the crying quadruplet babies have Santa looking sad and stunned, the little girl peeking over his shoulder picture has Santa peeking at her too, and Santa looks shyly at the little boy who is too shy to sit on Santa’s lap.
But Santa even has ways to find out what the children who do not sit on his lap want. This picture shows Santa closing his eyes and we see bubbles above his head with a child talking on the phone, a girl daydreaming, a toddler reading a book, a girl playing softball, a baby eating, a little boy studying, a baby sleeping, and a little girl brushing her teeth.
The next pictures show Santa taking notes and doing research. We see his desk just covered in oodles and oodles of sticky notes, even his computer and his back have sticky notes on them! Then we see him filing his notes. We see shelving with file boxes, five times as tall as Santa! The next shelves we see are filled with toys, boats in one shelf, toy wagons in another, trucks, balls, scooters, tricycles, dolls, piggy banks, guitars, teddy bears, puppets, cars, pails, dollhouses, and much, much more! Santa is the world’s number one toy expert. Of course, who else tests all of these toys and makes sure they are perfect? Santa!
We see pictures of Santa blowing bubbles, riding a unicycle, pushing a doll stroller, doing flips on a trampoline, playing with puppets, twirling hula hoops, and much more! Then we see one toy that just was not in good shape. Santa is jumping on a pogo stick that crashes and falls apart. Santa then boxes up the toys, labels them, wraps them, and stacks them up. In the pictures, Santa drives a fork lift putting crates of toys together. The wrapping paper wall stands four times as tall as Santa of every shape and color and print. We see wrapping paper of candy canes, Santa hats, ornaments, plaid, flowers, holly, snowmen, stars, polka dots, stockings, and more. Ribbon of every color too adorn the page.
After all of the gifts were labelled, stacked, and wrapped, now Santa decides just which toy goes to which child. We see Santa frustrated, doing diagrams, pacing, then we see two pages almost filled up of colorful presents with name tags. A exhausted looking Santa is not only surrounded by presents but also by coffee cups (or hot chocolate?). Almost 99.9 percent of the time, Santa Claus gives the exact right toy to the exact right kid. We see pictures of very happy children opening their gifts. Only one child is disappointed in the pictures and it looks like he received colorful balls. The last pages have Santa undressing down to his flannel pajamas and opening his gift that he picked out himself. Santa rides off into the sun on a bicycle.
This book has little text but many great pictures! Some of the illustrations are hilarious! He finds the best toys in the whole world. Very colorful pictures and an expressive Santa makes this a fun book to read. There are no elves or Mrs. Claus or the North Pole in this book, only Santa and the children. I think that is why I enjoyed this book so much; Santa is doing it all with no help! Just like parents everywhere — not for all of the children in the whole world but for our own children! This book is not in rhyme.
I do think that this is an everyone book, from the smallest to the biggest. The pictures really tell the story and parents can read the words to the little ones. Older children will get a kick out of the pictures, mine did! There are many details in the pictures, very large illustrations filled with tiny details that will have children searching out their favorite toy on the shelving or their favorite print gift wrap. A fun book all around!
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