With an artistic style reminiscent of Dr. Seuss and Hilary Knight, Priscilla and the Great Santa Search is the fourth title in this sensational picture book series by Jocelyn Hobbie and Nathaniel Hobbie. When Priscilla and her best friend Bettina eagerly join the other holiday shoppers to see Santa at the mall, they realize they are looking at not one, but several fake Santas! The girls are inspired to head to the North Pole in search of the real Santa Claus. Will the Fifty-Year-Storm keep this curious duo's biggest holiday wish from coming true? Priscilla and the Great Santa Search captures all the magic of Christmastime and the spirit of a child's fascination with the one and only Santa Claus.
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(278mm x 215mm x 10mm)
Little, Brown Young Readers
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
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US Kirkus Review »
The Hobbie brother-and-sister team brings back Priscilla, their perky, pink-clad protagonist, for a fourth rhyming adventure, focused this time on finding Santa at the North Pole. Priscilla and her BFF, Bettina, take off on skis to try to find Santa Claus and meet some interesting characters along the way. They do reach the North Pole (cleverly marked with a gigantic pink striped pole) but a snowstorm forces them back home without meeting Santa. While examining a photo from the trip, the girls realize that Santa was actually in midflight behind them, and they just missed seeing him. This ending falls flat, with the buoyant fantasy aspects of their trip out of sync with the realism of the missed opportunity. If you can make it to the North Pole on skis pulling a sled of supplies, then you should be able to find Santa too. The whimsical illustrations awash in pinks and reds are amusing, and the rhyming verses are entertaining, but the ending leaves the reader feeling like a kid with just a lump of coal in a pretty pink stocking. (Picture book. 4-7) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Nathaniel Hobbie
Jocelyn and Nathaniel Hobbie are the daughter and son of Little, Brown's bestselling author/artist, Holly Hobbie. Jocelyn holds a B.F.A. from RISD and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Nathaniel is a writer and fine artist who works with metal and wood. He lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts.