Santa Calls

Santa Calls

by William Joyce

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Overview

Join Art Atchinson Aimesworth, his kid sister Esther and their best pal Spaulding as they travel to the North Pole to see The Big Guy in Red himself! When a mysterious package is revealed to be a flying machine sent to take them to Santa Claus, who (but Art) would ask why! Soon the kids are up, up, and away to the North Pole. With the help of Ali Aku, the captain of the Santarian Guard, and a few well-stuffed bags of licorice, they battle the Dark Queen and her army of Dark Elves in order to reach Toyland, home of Santa and Mrs. Claus, for the most swashbuckling Christmas adventure ever!This Golden Kite Award-winning picture-book, has been simplified for toddler-appeal, and is now just the right size for any stocking.

Join Art Atchinson Aimesworth, his kid sister Esther and their best pal Spaulding as they travel to the North Pole to see The Big Guy in Red himself! When a mysterious package is revealed to be a flying machine sent to take them to Santa Claus, who (but Art) would ask why! Soon the kids are up, up, and away to the North Pole. With the help of Ali Aku, the captain of the Santarian Guard, and a few well-stuffed bags of licorice, they battle the Dark Queen and her army of Dark Elves in order to reach Toyland, home of Santa and Mrs. Claus, for the most swashbuckling Christmas adventure ever!This Golden Kite Award-winning picture-book, has been simplified for toddler-appeal, and is now just the right size for any stocking.

Author Biography:

William Joyce is the author and illustrator of many best-selling and award-winning picture books, including Rolie Polie Olie, Snowie Rolie, Dinosaur Bob, Santa Calls, and George Shrinks. He is also thecreator of the Emmy Award-winning series Rolie Polie Olie on the Disney Channel. William Joyce lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his lovely wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Jack and Mary Katherine. They also have a dachshund named Rose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060233556
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/1993
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 6.11(w) x 11.11(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

William Joyce does a lot of stuff but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Guardians, Dinosaur Bob, George Shrinks, and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also his Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. Talk to William Joyce and look at upcoming work at @HeyBillJoyce on Twitter and Instagram.

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Santa Calls 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
ecugary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
William Joyce takes the classic Santa Claus and all the mystery and excitement that surrounds him and gives it a twist. Ester and Art are orphaned siblings. Along with their friend Spaulding, they are summoned to the North Pole by SC. Each step of the journey creates even more questions leaving the trio wondering why SC wants to see them. The mystery isn¿t resolved until the very end. The mysterious journey and surprise ending will keep young readers intrigued as well as inspire older readers to remember what Christmas is supposed to be all about.The ending of Santa Calls reveals that Ester sent a letter to Santa requesting that he make her brother Art her friend. She isn¿t interested in toys, just his friendship. After reading the story together and discussing the ending students will write a journal response where they discuss what they learned about the meaning of Christmas and how they look at the holiday differently. Students will then write their personal letters to Santa Claus. It would be a great bonus if Santa could make a surprise visit to collect the letters when students are finished. The class could even take a picture with Santa and use it as the class Christmas card that we would send to each of their parents, grandparents, and the administration.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
This isn't your cuddly, hot-chocolate-warmth, Santa tale, but rather a fast-paced, high-flying adventure with tons of wondrous Christmas magic around every bend. Art is a boy in Texas, who is known for his adventurous spirit and talent in about everything. He has only one flaw, he likes to fight with his little sister. When the siblings and Art's best friend discover a mysterious box and find that Santa has called them to the North Pole, an action-filled adventure begins. The tale begins with Art, a true Texas-crime fighting hero already as a boy. The description and illustrations of this tough, slightly arrogant, and very Western kid start the book off with a clash to the winter-world to come. And it grabs kids right away and jerks them to pay attention. Slow is not a word to be found in these pages. The moment the kids get that box, it leads to a line of adventure which hits with explosion after explosion. There is mystery, thrills, magical wonder, edge-of-the-seat escapes, daring rescues, and, on top of it all, warmth. This is exactly the kind of Christmas story kids who love adventure and aren't ready to dive into snuggly emotions are going to enjoy. It makes a great read-aloud, especially for groups. However, I wouldn't recommend this for younger readers and see it more as a read for kids ages 5 to 7. The illustrations have a very traditional feel, which wakes a nice sense of an old-fashioned Christmas. There are lovely details, and every scene brings across the emotions and adventure nicely. While lovely, the traditional style holds an interesting clash to the very fast paced and thrill-filled adventure the kids experience. It's a mixture which demands attention and works. If you're looking for a different type of Christmas tale, which still holds on to a bit of traditional charm while packing in a fast-paced adventure to please action fans, this tale is it. Especially kids ages 5 to 7 are sure to stay attentive as this story is read-aloud to them, and they'll probably hit the playground and join in on similar adventures of their own imaginations. I received a complimentary copy and found the story so creepily-cute and still warm that I had to leave my honest thoughts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this for my grandson. My old copy had actual letters in the back cover. A little disappointed this version just had printed copies of the letters. Every Texas kid needs this story in their Christmas library.
DMeyer87 More than 1 year ago
We purchased our first copy many years ago (when there were two actual letters tucked into the last pages). We love this so much that we purchased two more this year so that all three of our children have their own copy. (All 3 are 20+) We love the beautiful illustrations and the wonderful purpose of the whole story. It is a story about sibling love.
duffyholder More than 1 year ago
My favorite Christmas story to read aloud - beautiful illustrations and a wonderful message.
Sqz1121HLW More than 1 year ago
My absolute favorite Christmas book., and I'm an adult! I bought it years ago because I love the gorgeous William Joyce illustrations, but the story makes me tear up every time I read it. I now give this to all of my friends for their kids & grandkids.
kidsmom More than 1 year ago
This book got good reviews, but I didn't find it sweet or that interesting. It was longer than it needed to be and the siblings are not nice to each other. I thought the story wasn't as well connected as it could have been. There seemed no reason for the characters to do what they did. While there was a little lesson learned, it just wasn't a strong story of family love. There are other books that do a much better job and make more sense. While the brother did help his sister in the end, I didn't get the connection as to how that will influence future behavior. I was disappointed.
Hey_MOM More than 1 year ago
I bought this book two months ago as a Christmas gift for our six-year-old nephew. Though he is a gifted reader, I knew the illustrations and the imaginative story would captivate him. I also knew the object lesson it creatively and gently shares would speak to his heart in regards to his four-year-old sister, who is spunky despite her diminutive size. Still, one doesn't need to have a sibling to appreciate this story. It speaks to everyone, coaxing our intentions to be more thoughtful and purposeful in our interactions with others within the playful storyline.

I should admit my bias for the artwork and fantastic storytelling of William Joyce. His work is truly a warm fuzzy! Its look and notions within each story capture the best of a time gone by: a time that is simpler, less complicated and dear to the hearts of many. This is essentially what makes "Santa Calls", and other works of William Joyce, timeless. The need for love, respect and thoughtfulness from others is something that is etched on the hearts of us all. Being mindful to freely give these things not just at Christmastime, but anytime, is what makes this book a wonderful gift for any child or child-at-heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this book at the library where I work and I fell in love (I'm 50 mind you). I instantly bought a copy for my nephew, who would be Art if he could only get the family to play along. It's a wonderful story and the art work is just perfect. Anyone who loves adventure, and wished they'd been the kids in all those adventure novels, this is the book for you. Whatever your age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a page turner!!! The text is wonderful....the illustrations are fantastic. I will truly enjoy having this book on my coffee table this holiday season. It will be a pleasure to read this heart-warming story to all the kids that will visit me with their parents. Don't let this book get pass you....purchase it and enjoy it everytime you will share it with a listener!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. We read it all the time during the Christmas Season. It brings Christmas love into the family. Thanks Mr. Joyce for writing it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is without a doubt my favorite kids of all ages book. I have loved it since my first reading at Christmas 10 years ago. I have purchased it as a gift for every child I know and recommended it to adults, who eventually admit they love it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly wonderful Christmas story. Summoned by Santa for unknown reasons, Art Aimesworth, his sister Ester, and his friend Spaulding embark on a dangerous and exciting mission to the North Pole. Filled with the wonderful fantasies of childhood and beautifully illustrated by Wm. Joyce, the story evokes the true spirit of Christmas: love -- especially of a brother and sister. A rare jewel of a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son brought this book home from his school library and we both loved it...It is a great christmas story. We went out and bought a copy of our own
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story. The illustrations are absolutely delightful. It is a story your kids (and you) will enjoy christmas after christmas, unless your kids are like my kids, who love to read christmas books, and especially this book, year around. It deserves more stars than are possible here. You will not be sorry you purchased this fun book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I pack this book away each year with our Christmas trimmings and each year, when we're done decorating the tree, I sit with my children to read this beloved story. I cry everytime. I love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I want my little sister to read this my kids to read it their kids! Beautiful story, illustrations, and ending! of course i won't spoil it, *wink,wink* WORTH EVERY PENNY