When Santa Fell To Earth

The leader of the Great Christmas Council, one Gerold Geronimus Goblynch, has outlawed all of the old, magical ways. Snowmobiles have replaced reindeer, elves and angels are banned, and noncompliant Santas are turned into chocolate. Niklas Goodfellow is the last real Santa. He and his ramshackle companions—two fat angels named Matilda and Emmanuel, an invisible reindeer, and a bunch of foulmouthed elves (steaming reindeer poo!)—are hiding from the Council. Luckily, local children Ben and Charlotte and Charlotte’s dog, Mutt, join forces to save Niklas from a chocolatey fate. Funke’s holiday fantasy, originally published in Germany in 1994, appeals on many levels and is surprisingly fresh. Howard’s charming drawings, many full page, add just the right touch. Wonderfully imaginative details, adventure, danger, and a brave young Santa who fights to preserve all that is magical and special about Christmas make this a perfect read over a mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night. (Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.)

Pages: 176

Ages: 9–12