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When a giant corporation takes over the North Pole and the elves and Santa's job, thinking they can do it better and faster, sound familiar -- it's up to "SantaKid," his beloved daughter to make things right. While Santa falls into a depression at the thought of losing his job, his beloved daughter fights with the leader of the corporation to make Christmas like last year and continues to hope along with the elves that somehow they will triumph. How "SantaKid" ultimately saves Christmas that year from big business is the focal point of the book.
This was a good read which I imagine children will enjoy. It also serves as a good lesson concerning the real meaning of the holidays. It should be added to other holiday books which tell a moral tale and can be read by all ages and appreciated. It is also much to Patterson's credit than he can cross over to other genres so successfully. In addition, I also must applaud the illustrator of this book who did a wonderful job of conveying the story through pictures. With bold colors and large figures I couldn't wait to see the next pages as the book became more alive.
I do recommend this book and wish all a happy holiday and ho ho ho!!!!!!
Santa Kid is a book that any child would love because it reinforces the fact that "kids are small, but kids are smart and kids are the ones that know how to believe."
Luckily we have Amazon. Needless to say, I put the bookstore copies back on the shelf.
Here are the main problems: the story was incredibly thin. An entire page of the story would likely only include 1 or 2 relevant sentences that actually moved the storyline - the rest was all filler, like "pretty cool huh?" and "don't giggle. This isn't funny. Well, sometimes it is", and "all those who want to live at the north pole , holler I WANT TO LIVE AT THE NORTH POLE"
Do you see a pattern? The main character breaks from the story on every page to give pointless comments to the reader, and none of it makes sense (or is even funny.)
the plot is so thin. The villain lands at the North Pole with absolutely no set-up, and each turn of events (and the villain himself) is very implausible. There's just no believability in the motives or events. Yes, I know this is a kid's book, but I've read plenty of great kid's books!
The dialogue is really stale too. like "Not nice." "Not nice at all". This repetitive, bland dialogue just drve me crazy.
Like I said, I only scanned the last half of the book it was so poor. I appreciate that the author was trying to teach the evils of Corporate America to children, but it just didn't come off well. It feels like Patterson wrote this book in 10 minutes.