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That's Good! That's Bad! on Santa's Journey (That's Good! That's Bad!)

2.93  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
On Christmas Eve, Santa sets off to deliver presents to a little boy. But between a snowstorm, an icy roof, and a dusty chimney, things don’t go as expected.

Get ready to laugh out loud as Mr. Claus trips on a cat, bumps his head on a table, and rips his pants. There’s never a dull moment for this accident-prone Santa. That’s bad. No, that’s good!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 2009)
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Lynn  Davidson
Feb 17, 2017 Lynn Davidson rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is one of those "that's good, no that's bad" scenarios. One Christmas Eve Santa found himself in one situation or another. The reader thinks that's good! but the narrator says, no that's bad. Then it goes from bad to good, from good to bad, and so on. Poor Santa had a very mishap filled night delivering presents.
Danielle Boccio
Dec 08, 2016 Danielle Boccio rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
There was potential here but I just don't think the "that's good, no that's bad" thing worked. My kids enjoyed it, though!
Oct 25, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
This accident prone Santa had an epic night filled with mishaps and excitement. The illustrations were hilarious and really enhanced the story.
Jan 16, 2017 Sara rated it liked it
This has a fun underlying concept, but it seemed to drag on.
Nov 27, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
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Nov 04, 2016 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Santa's journey on Christmas is filled with unexpected obstacles when he is delivering presents to a young boy. He get's stuck in a chimney, trips over a cat, and even rips his pants. Hijinks galore make this holiday, fantasy book a fun adventure for primary school children. Teachers can use this book to teach children sequencing and patterns with the 'oh, that's good/no, that's bad' and 'oh that's bad/no, that's good' and how those words guide the story. They can make predictions of something b ...more
Santa has a pretty eventful night after a blizzard causes him a delay. One good and bad thing after another happen to Santa as he tries to deliver presents to all the boys and girls. But the things you think are good aren't quite what they may seem, and sometimes the bad things turn out to be good. Kind of like in life. :)

Cute illustrations although Santa isn't as jolly or kindly looking as I would expect. He must be under a lot of stress with so many things going wrong in one night.
Nov 11, 2009 Nielson rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Santa's journey is full of surprises this year! On his way to deliver presents he encounters a snowstorm, slippery roofs, skinny chimneys, ripped pants and more...he is one accident-prone Santa! This was a cute book, but the "Oh, that's bad. No, that's good!" part interrupts the flow and doesn't make sense. The illustrations make it worth the read though-they are fantastic! EL-OPTIONAL. Whitney, Library-Teacher

Labels: EL, picture book, optional
Shanshad Whelan
It appears that this book wants to pattern itself after a zen tale where what first appears to be good luck is bad luck, and bad luck winds up being good luck depending on the circumstance. Problem is, this doesn't really work. The story makes no sense and despite the comical artwork fails to deliver.
Nov 21, 2011 Angie rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture
Meh. For as much fun as the first one That's Good! That's Bad! is this one was just sub-par. Won't be using it in any stories or lessons this season.
Jan 13, 2011 Deborah rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
It's a fun Christmas version of the reversal story (what seems to be good turns out to be bad and vice versa) but this one has some stretches in why something is good or bad. Still, it's a story that has Santa splitting his pants, so it has to be fun, right?
Amanda Hartley
I wasn't very captivated by this book. I do believe it would be a fun book to read around Christmas time.

Jul 23, 2012 Anna rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
The artwork is fun which is the only reason I gave it 2 stars. The story is lame.

However, both my grandsons really liked it!
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Love the illustrations!
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Margery Cuyler is the author of many books for children, including From Here to There, The Little Dump Truck, and That’s Good! That’s Bad! The idea for That’s Good! That’s Bad! was inspired by a conversation with her son, Thomas, who asked, "Can't bad things change into good things?" Ms. Cuyler grew up in the oldest house in Princeton, NJ, and started writing stories as soon as she learned how to ...more
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