We all know Santa spends Christmas Eve making lists, checking them twice, reigning in reindeer, leaving gifts for the "nice." But what about Mrs. Claus? First-time author Kate Wharton weaves a modern tale about the ways Santa's better half might occupy herself while her husband navigates chimneys and stuffs the stockings. Wharton's merry text will inspire many a theory about Mrs. Claus, while the visual jokes in Christian Slade's detailed paintings will have little bellies shaking like bowls full of jelly.
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(274mm x 232mm x 9mm)
Publisher: Tricycle Press
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Some might think that Mrs. Claus stays home quietly reading on Christmas Eve, with retired reindeer curled up at her feet. That's just the case in the first spread of this clever, rhymed story, but after that, Wharton presents other ideas of what Mrs. C. might be up to - lots of ideas. Santa's spouse might be hosting the Jingle Bell Ball, outfitted in a maroon evening gown and pearls. Or she might be in a business suit running Claus Enterprises and getting all those toys ready at the factory with the elf engineers. After these well-developed ideas, the narrative revs up and starts spitting out several dozen occupations for Mrs. Claus in rollicking succession, with the illustrations showing her in appropriate garb for each sort of career. The choices are wide-ranging and humorous, ranging from the unusual to the fantastic. The flawlessly rhyming text zips along, ending sweetly with Mr. and Mrs. Claus reunited for Christmas day on the final page. It's great to see a senior citizen so breezily handling any job that might come her way. (Picture book. 4-7) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Kate Wharton
What does KATE WHARTON do? She's a screenwriter, kung fu black belt, statistician, self-defense instructor, wife, and mother of two. She wrote WHAT DOES MRS. CLAUS DO? one Christmas Eve while watching Mrs. Claus rappel down the Space Needle near her home in Seattle, Washington. CHRISTIAN SLADE enjoys illustration as much as Santa's elves enjoy building toys. For research, Christian journeyed by snowsled, with his wife Ann and their toddler twins Kate and Nate, to the North Pole to interview Mrs. Claus personally. The sleigh was pulled by their two Welsh corgis, Penny and Leo, from their home in Winter Garden, Florida.