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Here Comes Santa Claus Illustrated Story Book

 

Words and Music by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
HarperCollins
2002
28 Pages
Color Illustrations

From the moment Gene Autry co-wrote and recorded Here Comes Santa Claus in 1947, the song has served as a Christmas classic for children and the young-at-heart. Now illustrator Bruce Whatley uses his artistry to bring to life the song's lyrics of hope and goodwill in his tale of a curious North Pole puppy that stows away on Santa's sleigh for an unforgettable Christmas adventure.

This beautiful 28-page hardbound large-sized picture book, 11" x 10", includes the music and lyrics.

Following are some reviews:

USA TODAY
By Ayesha Court
12/5/02

Here Comes Santa Claus, words and music by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman, illustrated by Bruce Whatley (HarperCollins, $16.99). Whatley's realistic paintings bring Santa and the stowaway North Pole puppy, Tinsel, to life in this picture book based on Autry's beloved song. Whatley complements the lyrics with a visual tale of Tinsel and the boy who asks Santa for a puppy. Autry and Haldeman's lyrics and music are included in the front and endpapers, but it is snow-white Tinsel who may send young readers clamoring for their own puppy.

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School Library Journal
Reviews scheduled for the 10/02 issue

Autry, Gene & Oakley Haldeman. Here Comes Santa Claus. Illus. by Bruce Whatley. Unpaged. Score. CIP.

HarperCollins. Oct. 2002. Tr. $16.99 ISBN: 0-065-028268-1; PLB $18.89. ISBN: 0-06-028269-X. LC 2001039373.

Pre-School - Grade 1. Written in 1947 when Autry heard children repeat the title phrase at a Christmas parade, this song is still popular today. Whatley makes it even more inviting with his realistic, full-color paintings that include an endearing visual subtext that dovetails with the lyrics. As readers follow a family through Christmas Eve, a puppy stows away on Santa's sleigh and ends up as a much-wished-for gift. This story-within-a-story adds another layer of meaning to the words. The score and all of the verses appear on the endpapers. Great for storytimes or for one-on-one sharing.

—M.W.

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