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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold

by (author) Maureen Fergus

illustrated by Cale Atkinson

Publisher
Tundra
Initial publish date
Oct 2016
Category
Christmas & Advent, Imagination & Play, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781770498242
    Publish Date
    Oct 2016
    List Price
    $21.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780735268708
    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price
    $12.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3

Description

Santa has a problem. This kid? Harold? Santa doesn't think he's real. He WANTS to believe in Harold--after all, Harold is one of the most magical parts of Christmas. Getting Harold's letters, eating the cookies he leaves out, feeding his carrots to the reindeer... what would Christmas be without that? But Santa's just not sure. Some of his friends are telling him they think Harold's not real. And the Harold that sat on his knee last Christmas looked AWFULLY different. Santa comes up with a plan to find out once and for all if Harold really exists... with hilarious consequences.

About the authors

 

Maureen Fergus est auteure lauréate de plusieurs livres pour enfants et jeunes adultes, dont The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, Et si je ne veux pas? et les livres de la série Buddy and Earl. Elle vit à Winnipeg, au Manitoba.

 

Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and the Buddy and Earl series of books. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Mike Lowery has illustrated many books for children, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and A Squiggly Story. Mike lives in Decatur, Georgia.

 

Maureen Fergus' profile page

 

Cale Atkinson est illustrateur, auteur et animateur. Ses oeuvres se retrouvent dans des livres pour enfants, des courts-métrages, des jeux et à la télévision. Il a signé les illustrations de l'album If I Had a Gryphon de Vikki VanSickle. Cale habite à Kelowna, en Colombie-Britannique.

 

Cale Atkinson is an illustrator, writer, animator whose work can be found in children's books, animated shorts, television, and games. Cale is the illustrator of If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki VanSickle. He lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.

 

Cale Atkinson's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award

Editorial Reviews

One of Today's Parent's 52 Jolly Christmas Books for Kids 2018
PRAISE FOR The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold:

“An amusing story with the welcome inclusion of a multiracial family.” --Kirkus Reviews
“A fun story and a great antidote to holiday skepticism.” --School Library Journal

"...deliciously fun." --Publishers Weekly 

“This clever and funny book laced with slapstick elements flips a regular holiday story on its head. Santa proves a natural in his role as a skeptical detective, equal parts curmudgeonly and cuddly.”    --Quill and Quire

“The artwork by Cale Atkinson is perfectly suited for the story - with its bright and overstuffed illustrations. While definitely evoking Christmas colours and themes, it never feels overdone. Atkinson also does great work capturing the facial expressions of all the characters.” --CM Magazine

“Relatable and entertaining, this tongue-in-cheek picture book turns a child’s inevitable disbelief of Santa Claus on its head.”  --Booklist

“What kids will like: This extremely clever twist on “Is there really a Santa Claus?” anxiety will provoke jelly-belly laughs from kids and adults alike.” --USA Today

“Good reading skills will lend appreciation to this story of a flummoxed Santa.” --Midwest Book Review

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