How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?

By Mac Barnett
Illustrators Illustrated by Jon Klassen Edition

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Publisher Candlewick Imprint Candlewick ISBN


How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?

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The beloved, multi-award-winning duo of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen tackle a perennial question.

When Santa arrives at a child’s house on Christmas Eve, does he go down the chimney feetfirst or headfirst? What if he gets stuck? What if there’s no chimney? Maybe he slides under the door, as thin as a piece of paper? Or is it possible he pours himself through the faucet? What happens once he’s inside? Whether it’s shape-shifting or impromptu laundry use, Mac Barnett’s iconic talent for earnest deadpan humor and Jon Klassen’s irresistibly funny art honor the timeless question with answers both ridiculous and plausible, mounting in hilarity as the night continues. Channeling a child’s fanciful explanations (and begging for further speculation), this latest collaboration by a New York Times best-selling team will find a secure spot among family holiday traditions.

Full-color illustrations were created digitally and with ink and graphite. 
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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-Barnett and Klassen confront one of the many mysteries of Christmas Eve. Beginning with an earnest "How does he do it? How does it work?" an anonymous narrator proceeds to pose a series of questions and hypotheses about the possibilities of Santa's descent into people's houses. Does Santa shrink or stretch, pour himself through the faucet, or find a key if there is no chimney? When inside, does he have to wash his sooty suit or use night vision goggles if the lights are off? One thing seems to be certain: "Santa goes up the chimney the same way he comes down." Barnett's tone perfectly captures a child's endless stream of imaginative conjectures, while Klassen's droll idiosyncratic graphite and ink illustrations bring out the humor full force. VERDICT Another hilarious hit that will be a welcome addition to the lighter side of Christmas collections.-Yelena Voyseyα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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