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Are You Grumpy, Santa?

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Sometimes, even the merriest, most cheerful guy on the planet wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. Particularly on that fateful Christmas Eve. . . First off, Santa steps out of bed and stubs his toe on a bowling ball. Then the elves shrink his Santa suit, Mrs. Claus puts him on a diet, and his reindeer nearly crash into the North Pole. When Santa finally reaches the firs ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Hyperion Books for Children (first published 2003)
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Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this as part of a Christmas present for my 'reading buddy'. At the last minute before I wrapped it I decided to read it and i'm glad I did!

Santa may always appear jolly but he has feelings too! And when his elves/slaves shrink his clothes, when his wife refuses to give him steak for breakfast and when he is chased by a tiny dog with crazy hair his frown turns upside down.

Moral of the story? Santa might lose his cool at any time and you better have a plate of cookies to cheer him up!
Tanya (mom's small victories)
My favorite Christmas kids book by far. The vibrant pictures and hilarious story bring laughs to all who read it. We received it as a gift and it's one of my favorite gifts to give as well. I guess I will have to buy 3 more copies to save for my kids when they fly the nest, cause they can't have mine! :)
Jo Anne
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I admit I enjoy a more twisted version of Christmas--The Grinch over Charlie Brown and gift cards over electronics, so when I spotted a children's book titled Are You Grumpy, Santa? I had to grab it. And it's laugh out loud funny. Santa begins his big once a year work day by stubbing his toe, taking a shower with no hot water and finding out that Mrs. Claus has decided he needs to go on a diet. He gets chased by a poodle in Paris and nearly gored by bulls in Pamplona. Of course as soon as you th ...more
e.  ellor
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a perennial favorite in my house at Christmas time. We all have bad days, even Santa, and sometime all it takes to turn it around is a little kindness. This book is always a nice change-of-pace for the sweet stories we usually read at holiday time. It features a Santa who is both loveable, funny and yes, a little grumpy today. Christmas was made for reading stories aloud by the fireplace and the rhymes in this book are so well done and humorous you won't lose your audience whether you ar ...more
Brian Kenison
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great read for kids. I think I'll be reading this every day to the 5-year-old between now and Christmas.
Darcie Saunier
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a super cute picture book showing that everyone, even Santa, can be grumpy sometimes. I've used it for story time and the kids loved it!
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So fun. Santa's grumpy & the illustrations that go along with the story are great for a laugh. My favorite is Santa being chased by a tiny, growling poodle in Paris. One of my Christmas favorites to read aloud.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This made a great pre-break read-aloud for kindergarten. It was fun to do the voices and expressions as Santa became more and more grumpy. The kids really got and enjoyed the humor, and they also understood with minimal prodding that what really made Santa happy was that someone did something nice for him, rather than just that he got to eat cookies. It was also a great tie-in to our social-emotional learning push, since we used it to talk about different emotions. They loved the activity we did ...more
Hope L. Justice
I give this book four stars because I think the art work could be better in places, the thin lines are classic cartoon, but there are points where the computer illustrations are just hideous. The cover art is better. I also almost gave up in the middle; there were two pages where the meter really stumbled and I got disappointed! I really am strict on meter and how it works for your plot. However, ai turned the page and Santa slipped on a rigatoni noodle and I busted out laughing. Seriously funny ...more
Samantha Penrose
Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Samantha by: cbomc
I have been trying to track this book down for years and it was worth the wait!
Everybody has grumpy days -- even Santa -- but when someone does something nice/thoughtful for you, it can brighten your day.
Very funny but not over my kids heads at all!
I love that this book encourages leaving cookies for Santa...its something that we do every year!
My only complaint is that Mrs.Claus looks a little trailer trashy with her blue eye-shadow, rouged-up cheeks and saggy cleavage....
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holiday
Even though my kids are older, we still love this book and set aside time to read it during the holiday season each year.

This time of year everyone is short on patience and time. Even Santa can have a rough day at the office. This little book reminds us all to slow down and and enjoy the the things that are truly important. Humor is a necessity in everyone's life and kindness is one gift that fits all.
Corinne Wilson
A lot of humor in this story of Santa having a bad day, especially bits like Santa backing into a Christmas cactus or spraining his tush on a chimney, that I think will have the preschool crowd rolling in the aisles. Not pleased with the aesthetic of the illustrations, however (Mrs. Claus is absolutely terrifying).
Becky H.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Suzie
Recommended to Becky H. by: Lisa
Shelves: 2013, picture-books
Even Santa can have a bad day. But there is one solution that will help his grumpiness go away. And we will make sure we do it at our house.
My 3 year old loved this book! (we have read it over and over).
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Such a cute book. At the recommendation of a friend, I bought this book. It portrays Santa on a bad day, but resolves itself when a kind deed puts his life back in perspective. Now one of our favorite Christmas books.
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. It's in rhyme, very easy to read, great story line & a moral at the very end. My daughter is 3 1/2 & loves to "read" it to me :)
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's really funny and Santa gets really grumpy because he goes through all these bad things.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Dec 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: younger-kids
For a twist on the traditional Santa tale, read about Santa's day all gone wrong. Don't worry--it has a happy ending!
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Avonell by: mommy
This book made me smile! I'm thankful mommy read it to me.
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Santa has a bad day too. See how is bad day gets better when he realizes that kids appreciate what he does.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Cute little message
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! Soooo cute! I got it for all my nieces and nephews for Christmas last year and it's one of their favorites. :)
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Clever, funny and it rhymes.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Even Santa has some bad days.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff, ho-ho-ho
Sheesh! Santa's having the worst Christmas EVER! Luckily, he's about to discover that little gestures can make a very big difference.
Dec 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Pre-K through Early Elementary
Shelves: picture-books
What happends when Santa has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad, day. Eh. My 4-year-old liked it.
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
An excellent read aloud selection!
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite Christmas picture books. But, my little boy is happy to read it all year long. Love it!
Amy Hayes
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fun, Christmas book with rhyming passages and a hilarious take on Santa.
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