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How Santa Really Works
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Alan Snow is a well-known author and illustrator of children's books and has also worked in many fields of design and animation. He has written two novels, Here Be Monsters! and Worse Things Happen at Sea!, both set in the wonderfully weird world of Ratbridge. He lives in Bath, England. Alan Snow is a well-known author and illustrator of children's books and has also worked in many fields of design and animation. He has written two novels, Here Be Monsters! and Worse Things Happen at Sea!, both set in the wonderfully weird world of Ratbridge. He lives in Bath, England.

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The science behind Santa's magic is revealed in How Santa Really Works by Alan Snow. In a format established with his bestselling How Dogs Really Work!, Snow devotes a spread to answering burning questions (such as "How does Santa know what you want?") and packs the pages with chatty elves that attend Christmas College for Elves, spy on hordes of naughty children and man posts in Santa's Production and Dispatch departments. Clever touches such as global gift transporters disguised as stray islands and elephants typify the droll humor. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Gr 3 Up-Snow's clever and ever-so-slightly subversive expos? will answer all the FAQs, and some new ones. Intricately detailed pen-and-ink, computer-colorized illustrations will keep viewers endlessly amused. The text is aimed toward sophisticated readers, and actually offers a nice overview of the steps that companies take to produce a product-brainstorming, research and development of prototypes, etc. There's a subtle British feel to the language and illustrations. Large quantities of homely little elves swarm over the last two-thirds of the book; they are young and old, with diverse skin tones; some use wheelchairs, and a few seem to be aliens from another galaxy. They talk to one another via speech bubbles, which, along with the crowded (sometimes chaotic) layouts, make this a book much more suited to personal perusal than sharing with a group. Even youngsters who don't believe in Santa or Father Christmas will find much to admire in Snow's creative take on a beloved holiday icon.-M. A. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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