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The Santa Trap

Jonathan Emmett

A spoiled, greedy, and naughty boy matches wits with Santa Claus in this hilariously "wicked" Christmas read-aloud.

Bradley Bartleby is bad. Very bad. In order to avoid Bradley's wrath, his wealthy parents buy him whatever he wants. All the adults in Bradley's life are running scared―except for Santa Claus, who refuses to give him anything but socks.

But Bradley vows to get what he deserves. If Santa won't give him the gifts he wants, Bradley will just have to steal them. He transforms his house into a trap so fearsome even his parents refuse to enter. With dynamite, trapdoors, guillotines, and tigers in his path, Santa doesn't stand a chance. Or does he?

Jonathan Emmett gives readers a Christmas tale from a new and devious perspective.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • Publish Date: Oct 2nd, 2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 12.20in - 9.70in - 0.40in - 1.05lb
  • EAN: 9781561456703
  • Recommended age: 06-09
  • Categories: Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & AdventHumorous StoriesSocial Themes - Bullying

About the Author

Jonathan Emmett was born in England and studied architecture at Nottingham University. He is the author of over sixty children's books and has also illustrated books written by others. He lives in England.

Poly Bernatene is a visiting professor at Buenos Aires School of Fine Art. He has worked in advertising, animation, and comics, and has illustrated over sixty children's books in Argentina, Mexico, Spain, England, Australia, Denmark, Germany, France, China, Taiwan and the United States. He lives in Argentina.

Praise for this book

"This funny, beautifully illustrated story will have you talking about the importance of 'being good for goodness' sake." --The Washington Post

"Bernatene's digital mixed-media illustrations are a perfectly creepy fit to this unusual holiday tale. . . fans of the Addams Family and Emily the Strange shenanigans might appreciate the dark humor." --School Library Journal

★ "Bernatene's cinematic mixed-media illustrations work wicked magic with Emmett's darkly comedic prose, as Bradley's plans backfire explosively. An ideal Christmas present for children who prefer Halloween." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

★ "The cleverly constructed plot unfolds with perfect comedic timing and dry wit, complemented by digitally produced mixed-media illustrations that have a suitably sinister, magnetic charm. Bernatene's artwork uses dark colors, shadows and cinematic perspectives to bring Bradley's world into believable focus."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review