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When Santa Fell To Earth

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,556 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
What would happen if Santa fell to Earth? Christmas through the eyes of Cornelia Funke: quirky, funny, ultimately heartwarming, and packaged in a collectible format. A new holiday classic!

Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts--causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he's not safe: J
Hardcover, First American, 167 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Chicken House/Scholastic Inc (first published 1994)
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Dec 03, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michelle by: Maren
Shelves: children-s
We found this at the library by chance, picking it up because we love Cornelia Funke, and Maren hogged it once we got home. She giggled through it, kept telling me how much I would love it, and then repeatedly asked me when I was going to start it.

The first real book recommendation from my daughter! Heart all aflutter here.

Funke has penned a creative new Christmas story, one that by turns charmed and slightly appalled me. On the whole, I enjoyed it and the sweet, magical moments are the ones that will stay with me. But I would caution parents to share this with children only after previewing it as sensitive children, or those with a steadfast belief in the traditional Santa, may be upset reading about multiple Santas (including a very bad one who turned other "good" Santas into chocolate and all but one o
Dec 02, 2014 Kristina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-b
A great book to read aloud. But be prepared to read the last 50 pages in one sitting. I couldn't read fast enough for my 8 year old!
Andru Șandru
Când Moș Crăciun a căzut din cer…

A nimerit pe Drumul Ceței (așa spune cartea), aproape de casa lui Ben. Încă nu ninsese (la fel cum n-a nins nici pe la noi). Moș Crăciun l-a pierdut pe Steluță, singurul lui ren. Rulota i s-a zguduit zdravăn, dar a supraviețuit impactului, vasele îngerilor însă s-au făcut praf (dar ce noroc – cioburile se lipesc peste noapte la loc, singure-singurele).
Spiridușii – creaturi mărunte și obraznice – trebuie să repare rapid roțile rulotei pentru că Nicolas Crăciune
Oct 16, 2010 8383WB rated it liked it
Just finished listening to "Santa" on CD. Ms. Funke is the reader and, while it is fun for the first few minutes to hear such a well-known author read something she wrote, she is far from professional. (Often, she runs out of breath by the ends of her sentences so the voice quality drops off.) I give her a lot of credit for writing a Christmas story for intermediate readers. And the message of keeping Christmas simple is timely. However, it reads like a screenplay for a Christmas movie with the ...more
Jessalyn King
Jan 15, 2015 Jessalyn King rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9-12, audio
I know, I know... The Jessa-grinch read a Christmas book willingly... But it was because it was the only other book in the library catalogue read by Cornelia Funke, and I thought her reading style was really cute... This book was also sweet. It loses a star because I'm a grinch.
Dec 10, 2014 Natalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a wonderful, thrilling read in full Christmas mood. It was a pity it ended so soon. Cornelia Funke has such amazing ideas and imagination, there is so much room for the reader to get lost in the world she creates. A delightful book not only for children.
Dec 03, 2008 Missy rated it liked it
I picked this up from a book order because we're big Cornelia Funke fans. This is a cute book, around 165 pages long, that ends up answering a lot of questions kids have when they are on the verge of no longer believing in Santa. It answers questions like How does Santa get all those presents in his bag? How can he deliver everything in one night? How come we've never seen a flying reindeer? An inventive story that was a fun read-aloud with the kids. The end fell a little bit flat, but it was go ...more
Heather Collins
Dec 03, 2014 Heather Collins rated it liked it
I have a conflicted opinion of this book. It was overall a fun read, with some sincere characters. I got it for my daughter (7) and I to read together. But after I started reading the book, I had to edit out some parts because the author kept referring to cursing and other mean and spiteful behaviors of some of the characters. I looked up the books recommended age and it's 9-10. But even then I really think some of the parts could have been left out of the book entirely without affecting the ent ...more
Nov 24, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
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Fred Kohn
Dec 19, 2015 Fred Kohn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Fred by: Laela
Shelves: young-readers
Well, steaming reindeer droppings! Who wouldn't love a Santa that drinks too much coffee?
Katy Noyes
Dec 10, 2015 Katy Noyes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fancied a slightly seasonal read for December, and love Funke's Inkheart series. This is one for children of around 6-10, and I think listening to the audiobook (as I did) is a god optinon as it's a straightforward story and nicely narrated.

Niklas falls from the skies one night, with angels and elves after a reindeer disappears... A friendly and earnest neighbourhood boy, Ben, discovers that Niklas is in fact, one of the REAL Santas, and vows to find Twinklestar (the missing reindeer). But all
Jan 02, 2015 X rated it liked it
Nice, Christmasy story, and not how I expected it to be, in a good way.
Nov 26, 2014 Becky rated it liked it
I don't know what I was expecting exactly with Cornelia Funke's When Santa Fell to Earth. Was I disappointed with the reading experience? Not really. Funke's "Santa" may not have matched my expectations, but, once I got used to her take on "Santa" and his "elves," it worked fine for me. This book is certainly creative. It offers readers a) invisible reindeer, b) cursing elves, c) evil Nutcracker goons and d) chocolate santas. It is a very odd book in a way. Almost a Twilight Zone take on Christm ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Qt rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
3 1/2 stars. Christmasy and fun; I loved the illustrations.
Marie Godley
Oct 31, 2013 Marie Godley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful cover on this book with a delightful story inside. who could resist, santa, angels, a marzipan eating reindeer and elves. Add in a baddy or two in the form of an evil santa and nutcrackers and you have a great mix.
Young-In Soh
Dec 20, 2014 Young-In Soh rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: 2014
I wanted to read a short Christmas story since it is around that time of the year. I didn't really know what to expect. I am a fan of Cornelia Funke's writing. I love her style of writing because it is easy to read yet she is not afraid to be humorous and intense with her characters. They have a good balance of both sides of the spectrum. I enjoyed reading a twisted version of the story that we know about Santa. It was quite entertaining. I look forward to either reading this book to my nephew o ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Simon rated it really liked it
This book was sweet, sweet as candy on Christmas.

The name Ben as a main character has been used by Funke before, but I figure why is because it is an very innocent name to portray a very innocent child character.

I like the Ben in this story and I love the Ben in Funke's epic piece; "Dragon Rider"

The characters themselves were sweetly created and very interesting, far from your regular Christmas story.

I loved the angels and of course, Charlotte. I imagined her to be (while she is of course her v
Dec 16, 2011 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-chapter
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Steffie Buechersammlerin
Meine Meinung:

Als Niklas Julebukk mit seinem Rentier Sternschnuppe, seinen zwei Engeln und Kobolden in einer Straße abstürzt ist er verzweifelt. Sein Wohnwagen kaputt, Sternschnuppe verschwunden und die Nussknacker und der böse Waldemar sind ihm auf den Fersen. Warum? Niklas Julebukk ist der letzte echte Weihnachtsmann und ist Waldemar ein Dorn im Auge. Schließlich versucht er aus Weihnachten ein Geschäft zu machen. Mithilfe der beiden Kinder Ben und Charlotte nimmt Niklas Julebukk seinen Mut zu
May 23, 2012 Melydely rated it really liked it
I read this book around Christmastime when I was around...10? 11? I guess I picked it up again because I found it lying around and I was bored.

Cornelia Funke really adds an evil, enchanting twist to Christmas: a terrible Christmas where adults are the ones getting the good things and the kids are left out, a whole army of Santas against this one Santa who decided to stick with his beliefs, invisible reindeer, elf abuse, and giant nutcrackers! I always had a slight, keep-that-away-from-me fear of
Apr 27, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it
So, I decided to read this book again seeing as it's close to Christmas.

The main character is Nikolas Goodfellow. He's a Santa Claus that finds himself stranded when his reindeer gets spooked in a thunderstorm, leaving his caravan wagon stranded in the middle of a street. One of the neighborhood boys, Ben, and a girl named Charlotte get invited into his wagon and discover his team of miniature elves (they're rude but made great toys) and 2 angels Emmanuel and Matilda who seem to help keep every
Dec 10, 2012 Influ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rezensiertes

Ein einziger echter Weihnachtsmann ist übrig geblieben, nachdem der Große Weihnachtsrat die Sache mit den Geschenken in die Hand genommen hat. Und dieser einzige echte Weihnachtsmann, Niklas Julebukk, hat eigentlich Berufsverbot. Aber er kümmert sich nicht darum. Mit Sternschnuppe, seinem Rentier, einigen Engeln und Weinachtskobolden sorgt er schon seit Jahren dafür, dass wenigstens noch ein paar Kindern die echten Wünsche erfüllt werden; er bringt die Geschenke, die man nicht für Ge
Dec 22, 2013 Romina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro infantil. No es que no me lo esperara, porque tenía toda la pinta: tiene muchas ilustraciones, letras bastante grandes, es cortito.... pero por alguna razón pensé que quizá sería un libro más lleno de magia, como lo fué “Corazón de Tinta”. Y no es que no haya fantasía, después de todo es sobre un niño que conoce un Santa verdadero, que tiene un reno (invisible ¿?) y duendes que le hacen los juguetes, pero hay ciertos detalles que, en mi opinión, están algo fuera de lugar.
No conozco l
Deborah Takahashi
Mar 30, 2013 Deborah Takahashi rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween-fantasy
One stormy night, the little town of Misty Close received a surprise visitor: Niklas Goodfellow, a Santa by trade. Although Niklas didn't anticipate this crash landing , even though its not the first time, his reindeer, Twinklestar, has gone missing and his caravan has two broken wheels. Even though the three dozen elves, who sleep in the dresser, have done what they could to try and mend the damaged carriage, Niklas is stranded and has to figure out a way to get back in the air. The following d ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Twinklestar, the last reindeer, panics in a thunderstorm and sends Santa's caravan plunging toward the ground. After making sure everyone is okay, Niklaus Goodfellow, the last real Santa, realizes that he has come to earth in a territory controlled by the evil new head Santa, Gerold Goblynch. Niklaus is on the run from Goblynch and his cronies, trying to maintain the real meaning of Christmas despite Goblynch's greedy schemes. The caravan is broken and it will take Niklaus's elves a while to fix ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, holiday
This book was such a great way to start off the holiday season!! This is the first Christmas book I have read this year, and I don't think I could have picked a better one. So magical and fun!!
Cornelia Funke really lived up to the name she has made for herself over the past few years. Mom brought this book home from the library and I couldn't resist.

The illustrations are placed marvelously in each chapter. I really enjoyed having the visual as I read. Funke's characters are just as fun and memo
Jan 12, 2015 Phillip rated it really liked it
Cornelia Funke’s Christmas story dares to create a new variation on the Santa Claus mythos, and the imaginative results are most satisfying. The toppling of Niklas Goodfellow from out of the sky in the midst of a pre-Christmas thunderstorm ultimately links him and his magical crew of assistants with a boy dealing with holiday disillusionment. Their adventure builds friendships, ingenuity and forges unfailing bonds between main characters as well as the reader.
Dec 29, 2014 Teri rated it really liked it
I read this book aloud to my fourth graders during the three weeks before Christmas break. They really enjoyed it. There were some funny things that happened and a likeable boy, Ben, who was getting bullied in the beginning of the story. There were quite a few things we could discuss as we read and then again at the end. One of our discussion points had to do with the relationship between Ben and his father. I would read this again another year.
Dec 17, 2011 Richelle rated it liked it
My kids are really into Christmas books this year, and they like all the Christmas picture books we have, but it's good to bring in a couple of chapter books to share too. I've read several books by this author and found them to be pretty good kids' fantasy books. This book created a different fantasy twist on Christmas; instead of dragons or gnomes or other fantasy fare there were Santas, elves, angels, reindeer and nutcrackers. The "bad santa" that was in charge at the north pole turned Christ ...more
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Cornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German illustrator and storyteller, who writes fantasy for all ages of readers. Amongst her best known books is the Inkheart trilogy. Many of Cornelia's titles are published all over the world and translated into more than 30 languages. She has two children, two birds and a very old dog and lives in Los Angeles, California.
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