Uncles and Antlers
Uncles and Antlers
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Annotation: Each year, all seven of Octavia's unique uncles gather from far and near to join their favorite niece in a very special job.
Catalog Number: #88251
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Illustrator: Floca, Brian,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-43018-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-83709-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-43018-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-83709-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2003012803
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
With a peppy rhyme and zoom-zoom illustrations, this introduces a whole new crew of Santa's reindeer. A young reindeer has seven uncles, each one unique: Uncle Dunce from Cameroon / bellows out an Elvis tune. Crazy Uncle Sy is a fearless sort of guy who gives most any stunt a try. Each uncle has a signature characteristic--strong, cool, brave--but the narrator notes they all have one thing in common: she is their favorite niece. When all gather in one place, they are ready for their yearly job: pulling Santa's sleigh. A dynamic read-aloud, this also crackles with humor, especially in the line-and-watercolor illustrations, which feature appropriately clad reindeer, with goofy expressions, skiing, dancing, and driving across the pages. Kids may wonder what happened to Donner and Blitzen et al., but they'll welcome these interlopers.
Horn Book
A bouncy verse introduces young reindeer Octavia's seven uncles, from Uncle Uno, who wears one hat and one vest, to Uncle Sven, who has written seven books and seven plays. The surprise conclusion reveals that Octavia's uncles join their niece every year to pull Santa's sleigh. This original Christmas counting book is illustrated with energetic art set against snowy backdrops.
Kirkus Reviews
The best answer yet to that perennial question: what do Santa's reindeer do during the off season? As her seven antlered uncles arrive, young Octavia counts them off: Uncle Uno's a skier: "He has one hat. / He has one vest. He wears one stopwatch on his chest." Uncle Duce's an Elvis impersonator with two wigs, two boots, etc.; Uncle Trey's a diver, and so on—but all gather once a year to set up the tree, get the gifts wrapped, and to confirm that she's their favorite niece. Floca illustrates their arrival in simply drawn, splashy watercolors featuring cheery, pop-eyed figures sporting a variety of costumes and head-racks. Once the clan has gathered, and Santa steps on stage to take a bow, "We change our clothes. / We hitch the sleigh. / We're ready now. . . . / We're on our way!" Who wouldn't want to ride along? (Picture book. 5-7)
Publishers Weekly

The holidays just aren't holidays without relatives, and Octavia the reindeer has them in spades: seven unique uncles who come from all corners of the world to join her each Christmas at the North Pole. But this family isn't just swapping stories and presents, they pull Santa's sleigh. Kids may wonder what has happened to Rudolph and the gang, but the more familiar team won't be missed for long. Wheeler's (Turk and Runt) kicky rhyming text and Floca's (The Racecar Alphabet) hilarious ink-and-watercolor artwork depict the uncles in their glory—from Elvis impersonator to trick basketball player—with clever charm. An emphasis on counting and family togetherness adds a welcome bonus. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In bouncy, rhyming text, a young reindeer tells of the yearly visit from her seven uncles. Eccentric and unique, they range from her speedy Uncle Uno to her literary Uncle Sven, and each one says that she is his favorite niece. It turns out that they all gather together in order to pull Santa's sleigh, a surprise ending that is a fine climax to this vigorous tale. Adding to the energy are the madcap cartoons depicting brave Uncle Sy showing off the six scars caused by his six crashed-up racing cars and strong Uncle Four-eyes twirling four lassos at once (yes, this is also a counting book). This saga of a wild and crazy reindeer family is guaranteed to fly off the holiday shelves.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 440
Reading Level: 2.2
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 82648 / grade: Lower Grades

Grab the reins of this Christmas counting story starring eight wacky reindeer who make up a happy family—and help Santa fly his sleigh—illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca.

Shaggy coats,
scarves of red.
Two tall antlers
on each head.

Get in the holiday spirit and count from one to eight in this playful tribute to a team of reindeer relatives, each quirky and fun, who help a certain jolly old man bring delight to children each year.

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