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When Santa Fell To Earth

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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...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1994)
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Michelle
Dec 03, 2008 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
8383WB
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
Missy
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
Marie Godley
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.
Simon
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...more
Patricia
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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...more
Melydely
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...more
Joy
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...more
Influ
Klappentext:

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...more
Romina
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...more
Deborah Takahashi
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
Samantha
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...more
Richelle
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
Cathy
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: Jeremiah Goblynch, the ruthless new leader of the Council of Yuleland, is determined to put an end to children's wishes and tu...more
Elizabeth Martin
I bought this book about 8 years from a school book fair and I still insist on reading it every Christmas no matter how old I get. Cornelia Funke puts her own unique twist on Christmas and shows children that Christmas is about friendship, family and love, not about the money that's spent and the presents you get. It's a lovely story that's bound to put a smile on your face.
Kats
Just in time for Christmas, my son and I finished reading this - a lovely story that has him (at 7 years of age and starting to harbour doubts as to Father Christmas' existence) back in the camp of believers. The children's characters were wonderful; three-dimensional, flawed yet strong, interesting little human beings. Santa and his charming bevy of helpers were great fun, and the new vulnerable side to their work and existence was very intriguing to my son who hitherto had thought of Santa as...more
Amro Halwah
When Santa fell to Earth is a non-fiction by Cornelia Funke is about Santa, known as Niklas Goodfellow, crashing into a friendly neighborhood and meeting Charlotte and Ben. With their help and hopes Niklas is able to fight Goblynch and his nutcracker goons to save Christmas and his plan. This story was so exciting and withstanding for the emotions it contained and the order of events. I also like how there was a good side and a bad side. I didn’t expect Funke to represent a Christmas story in a...more
Debra
A nicely illustrated juvenile read. Santa is caught in a thunderstorm two weeks before Christmas and his reindeer Twinklestar bolts leaving his caravan-style wagon to crash to earth. Stranded in a small affulent neighborhood with Christmas fast approaching, two children happen upon the wagon and its unusual occupants. Hint: there are more than just Santa living in the caravan.

There is more at stake than just finding the flying reindeer and getting Santa into the air again. A ruthless "Santa" no...more
Mary
Unique story about what happens when one of the many "Santas" falls to earth. This Santa is in trouble, chased by evil nutcrackers who are led by the nasty Head Santa who wants to commercialize Christmas. With the help of two kids, this fallen Santa may be able to save Christmas.

A totally different take on the story of Santa along with some scary descriptions of reindeer sausage and foul mouthed elves might make it difficult for young Santa believers to enjoy, but the older crowd might appreciat...more
Jenne
From the author of Inkheart and Dragon Rider comes a tale of magic, humour and the spirit of Christmas. So, sit back with a mug of hot cocoa, some gingerbread and prepare to be entertained!

On the run from Gerold Geronimus Goblynch, the evil new leader of the Santas’ council in Yuleland, Niklas Goodfellow’s wagon comes crashing to earth after a storm and his unreliable, invisible reindeer, Twinklestar, bolts. Now, with the help of two children from the town, Niklas Goodfellow, two angels and a cr...more
Jeni Enjaian
At first I didn't think I was going to like this audiobook as much as I eventually did. Cornelia Funke herself narrated this audiobook and her German accent and struggles (slight) with the English language were a bit off putting at first but after a while I grew accustomed to it and appropriately (I think) pictured all the characters as German. (It is, after all, a story about Santa Claus.)

The story was a cute, little fairy tale with endearing characters and a believable plot. As usual, Ms. Funk...more
Susan
Two children have to save Santa and Christmas. An evil Santa has turned all of the good ones into chocolate and Niklas is the last of the good ones. With the children's help, he is able to get rid of the evil Santa and start bringing back the true meaning of Christmas. It comes complete with angels and elves and evil nutcrackers.

It wasn't my favorite book, but I think children ages 8-10 would enjoy it. The one thing I didn't like was that Funke seem to condone cheating. Three or four times it to...more
Skyla
When I was about 7 years old my mum read this book to me. Since then it is one of my all time favorites for the christmas time.
Annie
We have had this book for a few years and my daughter has started reading it twice but never gotten very far. I decided to read it this year. I think it might be a good book to read when a child is on the edge of believing and not believing but am not sure. There is a real Santa (the last one) and a bad santa who has taken over all the santas. The real santa connects with some children (Ben in particular) and they are part of the dilemma with the bad santa. It was an intriguing book and very cut...more
M.l.d.
I love Cornelia Funke. This book was quite enjoyable, and the illustrations are wonderful (they really add a lot). My preschooler enjoyed it too, especially the parts featuring Twinklestar the reindeer. Overall, this was pleasant and fun, but not as good as other of Funke's works (The Thieflord; Inkheart).
Axel Martinez
I chose this book because i read it on the back cover it was really sweet but i wanted to read it the firstest book so i did.here was weird events in this book.they crashed into space.there was a elf with wings.strange stuph were happening.in the book it also had magical things.santa made his raindear fly.santa made the elfs do cool stuph.santa had lots of power.dont stop imagining about empressive stugh.you might see what yo amagine.dont give up on it.maby it will come true.these are all the re...more
Elizabeth
We listened to this, read by the author. It was beautifully read, and a lovely, funny, gentle story.
LaSchelle
Good overcomes evil!

The last real Santa falls from the sky with his caravan a few weeks before Christmas. He is being watched by the bad Santa that has taken over and is trying to ignore kids but wants Christmas to be a huge money maker.

Some kids in the neighborhood are able to help.

It's a cute and clever story with kids who aren't the most popular or smart who help save the day. Glow worms, angels, elves, dreams, snow, evil nutcrackers and silver limos with stars (to mark the bad Santa and his...more
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Cornelia Caroline Funke is a multiple award-winning German author of children's and YA fiction. She is best known for her Inkheart trilogy. The Inkheart books have gained a variety of attention, and critics have praised Funke as the "German J. K. Rowling". Her books are very popular in her native country, and many have now been translated into English. Her work fits mainly into the fantasy and adv...more
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