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Dear Santa Claus [With Gifts & Letters from Santa Claus] [Hardcover]

Alan Durant , Vanessa Cabban
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

11 Sep 2007
Now in a mini edition! Includes letters from Santa, an Advent calendar, a Santa Claus ornament, a foldout guide to reindeer jokes, and one very special treasure.

Dear Santa Claus,
I saw a man in a store today who said he was Santa
Claus. He was dressed like you, but was it you?

It's time for Holly to make her Christmas list, but she has a few questions for Santa Claus first. So she decides to write notes to Santa instead and is amazed when he replies — five times! Readers will be as excited as Holly to reach inside real envelopes and find her missives from Santa. Along with the removable letters, they'll discover an advent calendar, a Santa Claus ornament, a foldout reindeer guide (with answers to common questions, plus favorite reindeer jokes), and one last, special treasure that Holly finally dares to wish for.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA); Min edition (11 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763634654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763634650
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 17 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My first books were about teenage life and came from my own experiences and concerns - I was fourteen when I discovered the immense and liberating power of writing and it was my main stay during my largely unhappy teenage years. I wasn't that interested in writing at primary school - I wanted to be a footballer - but I always loved reading. I was a big fan of The Narnia books by C S Lewis, Michael Hardcastle's football stories and Enid Blyton's Famous Five series My favourite books of all were a Mannchester United Football Year Book from 1969 signed "To Alan from George Best" (my all-time hero) and Meriol Trevor's The King of the Castle that I came across quite by chance looking along a library shelf one day. These books are still my most treasured possessions and were the biggest inspiration to me to become a writer.

I've written nearly eighty books now and most of them started as stories I made up to entertain my three children and their friends. I've won a number of prizes, most recently The Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children's Books for the picture book Billy Monster's Daymare. I write lots of different styles of books and for a wide age-range - from teenage thrillers to picture books. I also write poetry for children and adults. I've written spooky books, science-fiction, school stories, funny stories, horror (but not much because it scares me!), thrillers, football... Writing different styles of story about all sorts of different subjects keeps me on my toes and helps to entertain me. That's the first rule of being a writer: you have to entertain yourself - otherwise how can you hope to entertain anyone else?

My work was featured in the BBC series English Express, which won a Children's Bafta Award. I also appeared in two programmes in the award-winning Let's Write A Story series. I am a National Reading Campaign Reading Champion and a frequent visitor to schools, libraries and festivals around the UK and abroad where I give talks and readings and run writing workshops. I am a member of NAWE and The Society of Authors. I used to do all my writing in a garden shed, but I moved to Brighton in January 2010 and had to leave my shed behind. Maybe I'll find a beach hut to scribble in...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Same as the original only really small; the pages measure less than 16cm. The original measures more like 27cm and as a result the text is tiny, I would say that most of it is 11pt, which on a plain light background is ok, but the biggest joy of this book is seeing the correspondence between Holly and Father Christmas and the text is then as small as 6pt, when it is then placed on a colourful background, is near impossible to read (even with my 20/20 vision).

In this tiny version the text is too small for a child to read and therefore is only suitable for an adult with good vision, in good light to read!

Buy the original version, you will thank me for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 17 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is absolutely beautiful. Reading the letters and finding the little presents from Santa really adds to the magic of Christmas - my daughter, husband and I are in love with this book and it is currently being read at least twice a day. It never gets boring x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly magical! 15 Sep 2011
This has got to be one of the sweetest and most precious books I have ever bought for my son.
Pulling out the letters written between santa and Holly from the attached envelopes makes this book really interactive for children and totally captures their imaginations and Christmas spirit.
I highly recommend it!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 9 Jan 2013
By Jo
A lovely book with delightful hidden letters and other items, building a relationship between Santa and ablittle girl.
My 5 year old daughter loved it!
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