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The Resource An elk dropped in, Andreas Steinhofel ; pictures by Kerstin Meyer ; translated by Alissa Jaffa

An elk dropped in, Andreas Steinhofel ; pictures by Kerstin Meyer ; translated by Alissa Jaffa

Label
An elk dropped in
Title
An elk dropped in
Statement of responsibility
Andreas Steinhofel ; pictures by Kerstin Meyer ; translated by Alissa Jaffa
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
While on a pre-Christmas trial run for the famous man in red, an elk named Mr. Moose crashes through the roof of a house and, while recuperating from a sprain, regales Billy Wagner and his family with stories
Tone
Review
  • This Christmas story offers something a bit more substantial than Rudolph. Somewhere in a small German village, while on a practice run with Santas sleigh, an elk named Mr. Moose crash-lands into Billy Wagners house, smashing his mothers IKEA coffee table. The damage to Mr. Moose is a sprained leg, so Mrs. Wagner allows him to stay in the barn while he recuperates. Soon, the neighbors know that Mr. Moose--who speaks formally and a bit archly--is staying at the Wagners. Billy recounts these events with aplomb, but there is a wistful side to his telling as well: the family, which also includes his older, know-it-all sister, is facing its first Christmas since the parents divorced. Meyers richly colored cartoon illustrations nicely balance Steinhofels straight-faced text. Billys parents dont reunite, and predictably Santa Claus appears, but many other elements, packed into the climax and denouement, will surprise and delight gentle readers. Like Mr. Moose, Billy is a dignified character that young readers will appreciate. -- Francisca Goldsmith (Reviewed 11-15-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 6, p55)
  • Gr 2-4 –When an elk crashes through the roof of Billy and Kiki’s house in Germany, it hurts its leg and stays there in order to recuperate. It turns out that the articulate Mr. Moose (he speaks five languages) is one of the test-drivers for Santa’s sleigh, and he quickly wins over the whole family with his friendliness and charm. After he and the children rescue Santa from a psychiatric institution (after a bit of Grandma’s cherry brandy, he tells everyone he’s Father Christmas), the Boss is so grateful that he agrees to let Mr. Moose join the reindeer on Christmas Eve. Winsome watercolor illustrations, droll details, and a young narrator who relates both wild and everyday details in the same matter-of-fact tone combine to create a charming, if offbeat, Christmas fantasy.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library --Eva Mitnick (Reviewed October 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 10, p101)
  • When Mr. Moose, Santa's sled tester, crashes through the roof of the Webster home shortly before Christmas, it guarantees an unusual holiday season. Mr. Moose has a broken ankle and is going to stay with Billy, his sister Kiki and their mother until it has mended. In the meantime, the Websters have their hands full with unusual dinners, meddlesome neighbors, unearthly travels and unexpected visitors. Gradually, the family comes to love Mr. Moose, and when Santa arrives to fetch him, the children's visiting grandmother postpones the inevitable by serving Santa some alcoholic holiday cheer. Finally, though, it's time for Mr. Moose to say goodbye. Billy is particularly reluctant to see him go, but with Mr. Moose's clout, Billy's Christmas wish for his separated parents to reunite just might come true. The attractive overall design and the appealing nature of the sophisticated cartoon-like illustrations perk up this holiday offering. Unfortunately, the ending is rather saccharine, and asides clearly directed at grownups interrupt the flow of the story. A holiday offering most suited for an adult audience. (Fiction. 7-10, adult) (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2006)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
151139
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Steinhöfel, Andreas
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.S82635
LC item number
Elk 2006
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Meyer, Kerstin
  • Jaffa, Alisa
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Elk
  • Santa Claus
  • Christmas
Target audience
primary
Label
An elk dropped in, Andreas Steinhofel ; pictures by Kerstin Meyer ; translated by Alissa Jaffa
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
[80] p.
Isbn
9781932425802
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2006000804
Other physical details
coll. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o64207958
  • (OCoLC)64207958
Label
An elk dropped in, Andreas Steinhofel ; pictures by Kerstin Meyer ; translated by Alissa Jaffa
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
[80] p.
Isbn
9781932425802
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2006000804
Other physical details
coll. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o64207958
  • (OCoLC)64207958

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