Quirky Claus is the story of Santa Claus’ brother. He’s a sort of comic anti-Claus: His costume is indigo, instead of red, he has knobbly gnomes – dysfunctional animals like an “angry armadillo” – instead of elves, he’s from the South Pole, not the North. The book looks stunning, with high – quality pictures that feel to me like classic children’s cartoons – Rupert springs to mind – collided with cartoon Christmas cards. The colours are rich and eye – catching for a child. Blues, reds, yellows and reds abound. There are lovely moments of detail – my 4 year old especially liked the faces on the animals – at one stage Quirky Claus is knocked flying from his sleigh by a bucking reindeer. The cartoon reindeer grimaces, whilst others look on in consternation – a toucan definitely smirks when they crash. He laughed out loud and wanted it read again and again. The language is not patronising or dumbed down, for which I am always grateful as a parent. “Unexpected”, “agitated”, “cranky” and “multi-coloured” were some of the words we learnt. Ideal present for your 4-8 year old
I LOVE Quirky Claus for being so "not perfect"! Quirky Claus tries his best but his grand attempts at doing Christmas in his own outlandish style get in his way! His eternal optimism keep him going. In the end he gets the job of Christmas done! Sometimes late but still accomplished! Quirky Claus is modern for today's kids! The illustrations by Izabela Sularz and Simon Goodway are bold and engaging. This is a wonderful Christmas story to be enjoyed again and again.
Really like this book. A great idea for a Christmas present. It's colourful, fun and imaginative. The illustrations bring the story to life and for children who cannot manage to read so easily, the illustrations will help to remember the story or imagine their own story as the pages are full of things going on. The story idea makes such a change from the usual Christmas tale. It's a fun book and therefore an ideal present.
This vibrant picture book with its tongue in cheek words should delight children everywhere. Wonderfully illustrated, I liked the fact that its author gave the children some words and spellings to chew on - like "Knobbly gnomes" and "agitated armadillo" - while his main character hurled their imaginations round the world and into outer space. I thought the questions at the end were a great idea as well. It's a book children will want to return to again and again, which will do their imaginations, vocabulary and spelling quite a lot of good, all at the same time!
This is a lovely book! It gently upends the usual Santa story and easily leads to a session of "what if" chat with children and some thinking outside the box for adults as well - at least it did in my house. Things don't have to be the way they are, in fact, things might not be the way everyone thinks they are! Lovely. I also very much liked the illustrations. The core idea is fabulous, and then the illustrations do some heavy lifting on their own. Quirky Claus' illustrated world is very lively and engages attention at once adding visual impact to the strange notions of the mysterious ...Quirky Claus.
Seb White and his cohorts deliver up a dazzlingly amusing cautionary tale aimed at the younger set. Kiddies who don’t behave to Santa’s specifications may find themselves the recipients of more unwelcome gifts from Santa’s less-well-known cousin, Quirky Claus. Assuming, of course, that the bumbling Quirky Claus manages to a) find their stockings by Christmas; and b) somehow sneak his way into their houses. Quirky Claus’ gifts of choice appear to be on the order of angry armadillos or wombats. Personally I know several young gentlemen who would be delighted to misbehave and thus receive such treasured pets. This is great holiday story for parents to read their kids, or for young readers to giggle over themselves. The artwork is bright, colorful and detailed, with active pictures that deftly portray the travails of the oft-beset Quirky Claus and his partner-in-mishap, Timothy Toucan.
This book will be a winner with the younger set, especially boys. The only things missing which might elicit a more favorable reaction would be the addition of some reindeer flatulence. Otherwise, it will strike all the right cords. A bright, breezy, fun effort.
It’s not often that I’m delighted while reading a book I’m reviewing, but delighted is exactly how Quirky Claus left me feeling.
Quirky Claus is a children’s picture book that tells the tale of a rather…well…quirky Santa-Claus-type character and his trusty companion, Timothy Toucan.
Reading Quirky Claus brought me back to my childhood days [and that's no small task, given how far back those days are!]. I remember spending hours looking through a single picture book, so full of detail and immersive were the illustrations! I’d memorize every detail, imagining myself in the world the writer and illustrators created.
Quirky Claus is no different. Full-color illustrations that explode off the page! The colors are vibrant and perfectly selected to convey the polar setting in which the story takes pace. And the brief journey to Antigua Bay puts you right under the sea with a couple of hungry sharks. If you haven’t grasped what I’m saying here, let me break it down: the illustrations are just plain gorgeous!
It’s a magical story full of personality and hijinks, with characters that will have your children laughing for some time. While it’s clearly a holiday-style story, it contains a message that parents will want their children to hear year round: Be Good! Speaking as a parent here, I wish it were around when my son was younger.
Quirky claus is a wonderfully written, beautifully illustrated set of books about Santa's south pole dwelling cousin. The stories remind me of a mixture of the Raymond Briggs 'Father Christmas' books of old, crossed with David Walliams sense of slap-stick. Sebastian's (White) stories provide a good few laughs for children and adults alike and should keep all the family amused. Well worth taking a closer look, I think your young kids will love them.
A good humoured cautionary tale for kids of all ages. If kids need any encouragement to be good, this is the book for them. It is indeed quirky, fun, has great illustrations that are attractive to all and it has educational value. My only concern is you might end up liking Quirky Claus too much and being bad just to get him to visit!