A cookie for Santa

Stephanie Shaw

eBook - 2014

In this clever twist on the Night Before Christmas story, a gingerbread boy cookie is carefully crafted and placed on a plate. He was made special to serve as Santa's nighttime snack, a homemade thank-you for all the presents he will deliver. The cookie wonders if he is brave enough to face up to his holiday duty. But instead of spending the evening contemplating his fate, the gingerbread boy finds himself facing two rambunctious puppies experiencing their very first Christmas. Their mischi...ef includes a tug-of-war with presents, leaving a big mess. And it's up to the gingerbread boy to save the day…and Christmas!

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[United States] : Sleeping Bear Press 2014.
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English
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1 online resource
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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9781627537742
1627537740
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AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
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Review by Booklist Reviews

A gingerbread cookie is baked especially for Santa's visit in this spin on "The Night before Christmas." As he sits awaiting Santa's arrival, the cookie has some concerns: "Later that evening, / When he'd be devoured / Would he be brave? / Or a crumbling coward?" Then two enthusiastic puppies burst into the room. The gingerbread boy attempts to divert the dogs' attention to keep them from demolishing the tree and ornaments. The puppies' antics keep the cookie's mind off his troubles until the big man arrives. Bright illustrations will hold children's attention as the gingerbread boy, reminiscent of Mr. Bill of Saturday Night Live fame, interacts with the dogs and with Santa Claus himself. Youngsters will anxiously listen to learn the cookie's fate. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In a loose riff on Moore's "Night Before Christmas," a gingerbread boy with a mop of frosting hair lies on a plate for Santa, "Awaiting his fate": "Later that evening/ When he'd be devoured/ Would he be brave?/ Or a crumbling coward?" When two rowdy puppies make a mess of the family's holiday decorations, Cookie puts on a one-man show to distract them: "He twirled and he spun/ Until he was dizzy/ Keeping exuberant/ Puppies quite busy." In the meantime, Santa arrives with a higher purpose in mind for Cookie—one that doesn't involve digestion. Robert's kooky cartooning brings this plucky hero to life in this behind-the-scenes look at Christmas Eve shenanigans. The fortuitous conclusion, which sees Cookie appointed a watchman for Santa's toy shop (and the two dogs headed for obedience school), ought to leave readers with a smile. Ages 6–8. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—On Christmas Eve, a Gingerbread Boy anxiously awaits the arrival of Santa Claus and his own demise as a snack for the jolly old elf. "Later that evening/When he'd be devoured/Would he be brave?/Or a crumbling coward?" Two rowdy puppies soon tear him from his morbid thoughts; to stop them from making more of a mess with presents and the Christmas tree, the Gingerbread Boy distracts them by dancing until Santa arrives, then helps Santa clean up. Impressed, Santa hires him instead of eating him—and the puppies get a gift certificate to obedience school. The text, which uses the rhythm and rhyme scheme of Clement C. Moore's iconic "The Night Before Christmas," lollops along, and the spreads of a plucky, icing-daubed Gingerbread and those two gamboling puppies will be kid-pleasers.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library [Page 68]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Anticipating he will be eaten, a gingerbread boy cookie nervously awaits Santa's arrival. When rough-housing puppies threaten Christmas morning joy, the cookie comes to the rescue, earning the Night Watchman job at the North Pole"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A gingerbread boy cookie intended to be eaten by Santa saves Christmas by stopping two puppies from destroying presents and earns himself the night watchmen job at the North Pole.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In a clever twist on The Night Before Christmas story, a gingerbread boy cookie nervously awaits Santa's arrival, anticipating that he will be eaten, but when rough-housing puppies threaten Christmas morning joy by playing tug-of-war with the presents, the intrepid gingerbread boy comes to the rescue to save Christmas! Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Anticipating he will be eaten, a gingerbread boy cookie nervously awaits Santa's arrival. When rough-housing puppies threaten Christmas morning joy, the cookie comes to the rescue, earning the Night Watchman job at the North Pole.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

In this clever twist on the Night Before Christmas story, a gingerbread boy cookie is carefully crafted and placed on a plate. He was made special to serve as Santa's nighttime snack, a homemade thank-you for all the presents he will deliver. The cookie wonders if he is brave enough to face up to his holiday duty. But instead of spending the evening contemplating his fate, the gingerbread boy finds himself facing two rambunctious puppies experiencing their very first Christmas. Their mischief includes a tug-of-war with presents, leaving a big mess. And it's up to the gingerbread boy to save the day…and Christmas!