Claus Saved Christmas a two star rating and now with his third and final book in the series: The Great Santa Search I once again give a two star rating. The Great Santa Search is like a train rolling down the tracks with Sherry Lewis singing the song that never ends then collides with American Idol. Yes Guinn justifies his point and endeavors to give the reader evidence, in this case, a multitude of store Santa's, it just goes on and on.
I feel that if it had been half as many pages I would have enjoyed it more. Instead I have come away feeling that that Guinn's editor kept sending him back to fluff it up more. Guinn's The Autobiography of Santa Claus is a story explaining how Santa's magical powers came to happen.
However this story does deal with how Santa came to accept the many store Santa's based in the US and endeavors to explain and understand that no matter how the message of Christmas gets across the importance is that it does. I loved how Quinn was able throughout the series to incorporate historical figures along with historical events to justify Santa and what happens so he Santa becomes the wonderful giving and kind guy that he is.
Although an adult series this could easily be read as a bedtime and reading time sharing within a family. An absolutely wonderful concept making a great holiday read. My one suggestion would be to read the books in sequence although each book easily stands on its own merit.
I also am willing to acknowledge that Guinn's 2nd book How Mrs Claus Saved Christmas has remained in my thoughts over the year and I have some strong memories of that book. Not as many as the first in the series which was totally magical but fond memories indeed. Perhaps next year I will think of this book in the same vain instead of feeling I'm so glad it is over. Jun 29, Debbie Nicolosi rated it it was amazing. I great Christmas read to get into the spirit and magic of the season.
Last in set Well of all the books in this series I liked the first one most of all. This one was hard to get through but the ending was gratifying.
The Great Santa Search (Christmas Chronicles) [Jeff Guinn] on boicelwoodbhinal.ga * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This follow-up to Jeff Guinn's bestselling holiday favorites The Autobiography of Santa Claus and How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas takes readers on a sleigh.
Dec 15, Jennifer rated it really liked it. Good third and last book of the series. Loved how Santa, in all of the books, always told what the true meaning of Christmas really is about. Dec 10, Andrew Clem rated it it was ok. There were parts I enjoyed but over all the story was interesting and historically based. The historical facts seemed to bog the story.
Dec 03, Sandy rated it did not like it Shelves: jv-book-club. Way too wordy for my taste. Dec 10, Amber rated it liked it.
I was looking for a holiday book to read that wasn't too sappy, and came across The Great Santa Search. Santa Claus has been going about his mission to bring good boys and girls toys for about 17 centuries now.
Since his good friend JW Parkinson decided to use a fake Santa Claus for his marketing in , the real Santa has been concerned about the commercialization of Christmas. He wants to make sure that the children do not get too wrapped up haha in the getting, but remember that I was looking for a holiday book to read that wasn't too sappy, and came across The Great Santa Search.
Let me back up. He is one of the few characters whose existence has maintained its life and then grown in its level of of importance to the world over 1, years. Even Santa admits to being a little bit naughty. After being tied up by the elves, she convinces him they have to come help Santa. Is there a role that you turned down that you wish you had taken, or is the opposite true?
He wants to make sure that the children do not get too wrapped up haha in the getting, but remember that his gifts are really reminders of love and generousity in the world. He worries that a bad Santa will be chosen and ruin children's belief in him. So he sends some of his friends to infiltrate the planning process and he begins training to master all of the events so he can win.
Santa goes through an arduous journey to get picked to be one of the ten finalists on the show, including giving up cookies and becoming a mall Santa. In the end, Santa, some of his "imposters" and most of America learn a lesson about the Christmas spirit. Santa Claus is the narrator of this story, and he has a stragely formal tone. I attributed that fact to his age, but it made me feel disconnected from the story at times. Also, Santa was really out of touch with modern technology, which I found shocking. Though he says that he and his friends make all of their own toys and rarely watch TV, I find it impossible to believe he didn't know what a PS3 is - as I believe Santa is very familiar with modern day stores.
At one point, he mistakes some girls asking for CD burners as pyromaniacs! But what I truly found odd about this story is that Santa claims he does not have elves - that was all the imagination of an illustrator. He actually has "real people" friends who have joined him in his mission and also attained immortality.
I was just not ready to suspend my disbelief on that part! But overall, this was a nice, light story that served as a reminder of the true spirit of Christmas. Dec 30, Don LaFountaine rated it really liked it. Book 3 of the Christmas Chronicles was quite good, though I did not think it was as good of a story as the first two books. This book starts with how Santa found out that one of his friends wanted to have Santa meet people at his store to try to boost his sales.
Though Santa says no, his friend finds a substitute pretend his is Santa. Though there were a number of mess-ups by this substitute Santa, it did it's job and boosted the sales of his store. This was back in , and though i Book 3 of the Christmas Chronicles was quite good, though I did not think it was as good of a story as the first two books.
This was back in , and though it did not seem so at the time, very soon there were Santa Clauses all over the place. While discussing how poorly made Long Last toys are, a new reality TV show idea was born The Great Santa Search. It ended up being sponsored by Long Last Toy Company. Their horrible owner Lucretia did not have any Christmas spirit, and was only interested in having their poorly made toys pushed so she can made money! After months of discussion, it came down to ten finalists who had to make it through challenges such as reindeer roping, chimney sliding and cookie eating.
The ending is not entirely what I expected it to be, but I was quite satisfied with how it wrapped up. This is a fun book to read, and anyone who wants to read a book about Santa, or who has read the other 2 books will enjoy this book immensely! Though I know what reality TV is, I don't watch any of the shows, so my rating might be lower than someone who is a fan of that type of programming.
With that said, a reader does not have to be a reality TV fan to enjoy this story. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants an enjoyable story that fills one with the spirit of happiness. Jan 01, Lisa the Librarian rated it liked it. The third in the Christmas Chronicles trilogy I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the two previous books. The theme of this book is the commercialization of Christmas in general and Santa Claus in particular.
There is a bit of true historical info about the first time "Santa" appeared in a store as a gimmick to boost sales and the real Santa bemoans this fact. The story then takes on an unrealistic twist as the scheme to create a reality tv show to choose the "official" The third in the Christmas Chronicles trilogy I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the two previous books. The story then takes on an unrealistic twist as the scheme to create a reality tv show to choose the "official" Santa takes place. While the other two books keep to historical facts as they surround Santa this is not factual as an imaginary TV network and a non-existent toy company band together to produce the biggest reality show hype ever.
Santa decides that since he can't stop it he better win it to prevent further mischaracterization of himself. I did like the way Santa tried to spread his message about the real meaning of Christmas and the overall moral was good, without being overdone. It was a bit harder to suspend my own disbelief in this book.
Dec 22, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: have-read. The producer is named Bob'O. Felix unintentionally gives Bob'O an idea Santa and his friends must have Felix and Sarah working on the inside with Bob'O on the show, and Santa must get into shape and Win the Show. The problem is that someone else is a good Santa,even though he doesn't believe in Santa or the true meaning of Christmas. Also the company who is supporting the show, Last-Long Toys, Manager is mean and a cheater so the Real Santa has to fight for a title that is already his.
Lots of problems go wrong, but read the book to see how everything turns out and what Santa himself learns from this experience, as well as what believers experience and learn. I give this book ten out of ten Christmas tree's, and I believe that this is a fantastic holiday book to read that reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas as well as what some who don't know the true meaning think.
This book is good for adults, young adults, and kids 11 and up. Nov 20, Charly rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone. Especially "True Believers". Like How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas , this is more of a story than an explanation of how Santa's magical powers came to occur as was the case in The Autobiography of Santa Claus. However this story does deal with how Santa came to accept the many store Santas in the US and understand that no matter how the message of Christmas gets across the importance is that it does. Quinn does a fine job throughout the series in recognizing historical figu This is the last of Guinn's "Christmas Chronicles" series.
Quinn does a fine job throughout the series in recognizing historical figures and proper historical events.