Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Where, Oh Where, Is Santa Claus? by Lisa Wheeler Illustrations by Ivan Bates

Lisa Wheeler is one of my very favorite picture book authors! I'm delighted to review her latest publication, Where, Oh Where, Is Santa Claus?, a Christmas book about Santa gone missing! Written in Wheeler's trademark rhythm and rhyme, we watch as several different types of polar animals search for Santa through a soft snow fall. Wheeler's fun rhyme scheme, use of onomatopoeia (sound words), and the repetitive phrase "Where, oh where, is Santa Claus?" make this a perfect read-aloud for children. The full 2-page spread illustrations are beautifully done in wax crayon and watercolor. I've always liked the way Ivan Bates does fur! Put this one on your wish list for Christmas books. You'll be glad you did!

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