|Naughty Claudine's Christmas|
Author: Jennings, Patrick
Because Claudine thinks Santa is rude, she tries to keep him from coming down her chimney by getting on his naughty list.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 196095
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/17)
School Library Journal (10/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2017 Claudine is creeped out by the thought of Santa sneaking into her house, snooping around, and looking to see who’s asleep or awake. Also, he passes out presents based on kids’ naughtiness or niceness? Still, she figures out how to use that to her advantage. To drive Santa away, she’s unusually naughty in the days leading up to Christmas, though her big sister warns that she won’t get any presents. On the big morning, it looks like she’s right, until Claudine opens the front door and finds a pile of gifts just outside. Written with plenty of dialogue, the story moves along at a good pace. The richly colorful digital illustrations create a jaunty tone, illustrating familiar seasonal activities as well as Claudine’s antics, which are mildly mischievous rather than destructive. An unusual take on the Christmas theme, this picture book will appeal to kids who loved David Shannon’s It’s Christmas, David! (2010) and are ready for a somewhat longer picture book about a girl with good intentions, patient parents, and a benevolent Santa. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—Young Claudine is not fond of Santa's snooping ways and his habit of breaking into homes, so she tries to figure out a way to keep him out. She writes him a polite letter asking that her presents be mailed to her and then decides to be as naughty as possible. When Claudine's sister Maxine points out that Santa has to come down the chimney to deliver Maxine's presents, Claudine lies in wait on Christmas Eve. She falls asleep—but luckily, Santa somehow got the message, because all the presents are waiting for the family in the front yard. The story is pretty weak—Claudine's preference for having no presents at all rather than a visit from Santa is baffling, as is why she thinks that a nice letter won't work but being naughty will, and the finale is anticlimactic. The cartoon illustrations are bright and charming, and blonde Claudine's red-and-white-striped pajamas are echoed on the endpapers. VERDICT Light and mildly entertaining Christmas fare, especially for young contrarians.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.