Santa Duck and His Merry Helpers
Santa Duck and His Merry Helpers

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Annotation: Every Christmas, Nicholas Duck helps Santa by collecting gift lists, but this year his little brothers and sister create havoc when they try to help, leading Nicholas to contemplate the true meaning of Christmas.
Catalog Number: #47556
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 32
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 0-399-25473-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-48054-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-399-25473-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-48054-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2009047517
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Nicolas Duck, the reluctant Santa in Milgrim's Santa Duck (2008), has embraced being Santa's helper and is now joined by his enthusiastic but pesky siblings. Although Nicolas is unsuccessful in dissuading his helpers, he does curb their offerings of outrageous gifts to the other animals when trying to outdo each other. Along the way, they all learn that Christmas means more than gifts, popcorn balls, and cookies (cue the messages of love, goodwill, and giving) in this goofy and sweet holiday story. The upbeat ending, with Nicolas and his siblings in harmony, and the colorful cartoon illustrations will make this a crowd-pleaser.
Horn Book
Nicholas Duck's pesky younger siblings horn in on his job collecting wish lists for Santa. The siblings get carried away, promising unrealistic gifts to everyone, but when Nicholas steps in to lecture them on the true meaning of Christmas, he's the one who learns the lesson. As in Santa Duck, the digitally produced cartoon-style illustrations feature speech balloons and lively humor.
Kirkus Reviews
In this comical sequel to Santa Duck (2008), Nicholas Duck is back with his Santa suit so he can be Santa Duck again this year, taking Christmas gift requests from the other animals to pass along to the real Santa. But this year, his little brothers and sister want to be Santa's helpers too, and Santa Duck doesn't want to share. As each animal gives Santa Duck a gift request, the sibling ducks up the ante, each topping the other with outrageous (and hilarious) gift suggestions. Santa Duck explains that Christmas is really about sharing—but his siblings point out that sharing also applies to big brothers. A multifaceted plot and some succinct lessons are skillfully conveyed in just a few pages, with the funny dialogue contained in speech balloons within the holiday-bright, cartoon-style illustrations. Jingle quack! (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1&12; Nicholas Duck, star of Santa Duck (Putnam, 2008), is excited at the prospect of his second Christmas collecting wish lists for Santa. Unfortunately, his three enthusiastic siblings want to help. When they keep promising increasingly fabulous and unreasonable presents, Nicholas irritably explains that Christmas is not just about gifts, but also about love and kindness and goodwill. The little ducks ask if that means letting little siblings "help Santa even if you think you're some kind of important big shot?" Er&12;yes, it does, and it turns out to be a fine Christmas after all. Both younger and older siblings will delight in the simple, goofy humor and appealing cartoon illustrations of Nicholas and his brothers and sister, the youngest a yellow duckling in a diaper. Put this title at the top of your Christmas list.&12; Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Starred Review for Publishers Weekly
In his second outing as Santa's helper, Nicholas Duck prepares to collect Christmas lists, but his needling younger brothers and sister want in on the action. When various animals make their Christmas requests, his siblings try to one-up each other. ""I'll get you a beautiful princess,"" quacks his sister to a frog; ""I'll get you your own planet!"" boasts a brother. Finally, Nicholas reminds them that Christmas is about ""love and goodwill,"" but quickly has to eat his words. With humor aplenty and a knack for sibling dynamics, Milgrim offers a holiday story with panache. Ages 5%E2%80%938. (Oct.)
Word Count: 548
Reading Level: 2.2
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 141178 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.4 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q53620
Lexile: AD530L

It's Christmastime, so Nicholas Duck puts on his Santa's helper suit and proudly starts gathering wish lists for Santa. But this year, Nicholas's little brothers and sister want to help. Nicholas is not too keen on the idea, and when the overeager ducks try to outdo each other by promising outlandish gifts-the Hoover Dam for the beaver, a castle for the frog- Nicholas gets fed up. And as he tries to explain to his siblings what Christmas is all about, it turns out the kids have a thing or two to teach Nicholas about working together. With its funny text and illustrations, this story will have kids laughing as they celebrate the spirit of the season with Santa Ducks.

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