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When Santa Fell To Earth

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,717 Ratings  ·  225 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
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1994)
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Nov 25, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nadja A.
Wunderbare zauberhafte Weihnachtsgeschichte mit stimmig-schönen Zeichnungen.
Dec 02, 2014 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Roshni Kanchan
Story for small kids and from that point of view was a nice story. Surprised that this is grade 6 reading in my son's school - likely a sorting mistake. :)
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
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
Oct 16, 2010 8383WB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather Collins
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
Dec 03, 2008 Missy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
We normally like Funke, but this story was fairly boring that the terrible reading by the author didn't help. I liked hearing her musical German accent at first, but her voice went up and down from a whisper that trailed off at the end to the shrill and loud voices of other characters. I kept turning the volume up and down, but it was tiresome after a while. Into the second CD, my son lost interest.
Jessalyn King
Jan 15, 2015 Jessalyn King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 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.
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.
Dec 04, 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.
Jan 02, 2015 X rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice, Christmasy story, and not how I expected it to be, in a good way.
Dec 24, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
P loved this, and so did I. A magical book, but not soppy/syrupy.
Fred Kohn
Dec 18, 2015 Fred Kohn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fred by: Laela
Shelves: young-readers
Well, steaming reindeer droppings! Who wouldn't love a Santa that drinks too much coffee?
Dec 17, 2014 Qt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
3 1/2 stars. Christmasy and fun; I loved the illustrations.
Christen Em
3.5 stars. It was a little hard to get into, but I was left with warm fuzzy feelings every time I put the book down.
April Suter
When Santa fell to earth he landed in his caravan with all his special helpers. Ben discovers all that the caravan holds and saves Christmas. A must read for any middle-schooler!
Jan 06, 2017 Nerdycats rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The illustrator is really talented, the story is spectacular, and I give it an A+!
Jan 13, 2017 Gabriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Flunke is Christmas fiction. The problem is that Niklas needs to find a good place to hide from Goblynch. Will Niklas find a safe hiding spot? the main characters are Ben, Niklas, Goblynch, and Charlotte. People who like Christmas fiction should read this book.
What a lovely story about a Santa Clause. I really enjoy Cornelia Funke's worrying.
Deborah Takahashi
Mar 30, 2013 Deborah Takahashi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 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
Jul 07, 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
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
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Dec 04, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-chapter
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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
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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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