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THAT’S GOOD! THAT’S BAD! ON SANTA’S JOURNEY by Margery Cuyler

THAT’S GOOD! THAT’S BAD! ON SANTA’S JOURNEY

by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Michael Garland

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8777-2
Publisher: Henry Holt

Cuyler continues her That’s Good! That’s Bad! series with this Christmas-themed offering focusing on Santa’s travel tribulations and delivery difficulties. On each double-page spread, one more step of the Christmas toy-delivery process takes place with a seemingly positive effect or, alternatively, Santa suffers some minor mishap such as getting stuck in a chimney. After each plot point, the repeated refrain of the title (or its reverse form) makes readers see that problems might turn out in a positive way and reasonable-seeming activities can backfire with alarming surprise twists. Garland’s digitally produced illustrations in deep, saturated colors are full of slapstick humor and antics from the bulgy-eyed Santa, complementing the bouncy text full of sound-effect words that beg to be read with melodramatic expression. A good way to get kids to see the silver lining. (Picture book. 4-7)