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Santa's Twin (Santa's Twin #1)

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,035 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
A contemporary Christmas classic for children
of all ages -- including those who pretend to have grown up!


Charlotte and Emily are determined to save Santa from his mischievous twin -- Bob Claus -- who has not only stolen Santa's sleigh and stuffed his toy bag full of mud pies, cat poop, and broccoli, but has also threatened to turn Donner, Blitzen, and the others into reind
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Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 21st 2004 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1995)
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Vivian
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, own, holiday
Fresh take on the subject with bold and daring female protagonists who save Christmas. A good update and nice addition for middle age readers. Add in the cheeky, visceral rhyming and the illustrations and I found it a winner for time and money.

Melissa
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've had this book for a long time, fifteen years,
intended for my daughter's welcoming ears.

It's brought out every Christmas and put on display,
and there it has sat to this very day.

Now that she is grown and out on her own,
I wanted to read a book by Koontz (he's very well known).

With Christmas so near I should get in the mood,
but in all honesty this story is a bit crude.

The rhythm of rhymes and number of lines,
had me stopping a plethora of times.

The artwork, however, is colorful and fun,
which
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Mary
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: koontz, classics, comedy
Well, here we go...Dean Koontz version of The Night Before Christmas. I loved this book...the rhyming poetry of it. The perversion of the original is so fun and disgusting and yet ...wait for it...a happy ending...well, it is Christmas, after all. This was so fun that it is now a tradition for Christmas eve. I think it best to read aloud to get the real flavor...and the most fun. Not a children's story but who cares about them!? :_) The Illustrations are amazing.
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
This is really fun. This story started in the novel Mr. Murder when the main character was making up a Christmas story for his children. Fun verses by Koontz are combined with fun illustrations by Parks - the two have worked together before and the combination is excellent. In each picture is a snow man - some of them obvious and others hidden. Also each picture the artist has hidden his name and to further keep things interesting are items in the pictures such as a portrait of Dean Koontz (from ...more
Angel Gelique
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dean Koontz' spin on the classic, The Night Before Christmas, featuring Santa's evil brother!
Josiah
Dec 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dean Koontz, internationally renowned author of dozens of runaway bestsellers, is the big name associated with Santa's Twin, yet artist Phil Parks emerges as its star. The book's rhythmic verse is entertaining in a mildly naughty way (though never going too far for its young audience), but the imagination and depth of the artwork is extraordinary, running rings around most books awarded Caldecott Medals and Honor citations. Phil Parks works his magic on page after panoramic page, with stunning ...more
Peacegal
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Good idea, wonderful artwork, bad execution. The text is just too dense and wordy to be appealing. Koontz could have pared this down a great deal and had a much better book.
Athena
Feb 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
I have found that my generation are slightly jaded to wholesomeness and selflessness for the sake of it. This doesn't mean all things innocent are found lacking. We just have a stricter sense of affectivity. So when something does make our hearts pound with good 'ol cheesy sentimentality it is the "kosher" bomb of goodness. This book spoke to my warped sense of humor, but still left me feeling like a holiday had been parked inside me. I read it to my kids when they were in kindergarten, which mi ...more
Rachel
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens-books
I don't review many children's books, but as this was one of the worst, most tedious books I have ever had the misfortune to read to my son, I'm making an exception. Wow, I hated this book. The forced rhyming, the excessive length of the book, the words and "humor" far above a child's understanding level (I can only assume meant to entertain the adult reader, but didn't work!) were all awful. The book went on and on. Not to mention the picture in which it appears that Santa's evil twin brother i ...more
Carlos Río
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
"Santa's Twin" es bastante corto, pero tiene un diseño muy cuidado: el formato es muy grande (es algo superior a un DIN A4), con las páginas apaisadas, donde se ven muy bien las bonitas ilustraciones de Parks. Los dibujos tienen el añadido de esconder muñecos de nieve que tienes que encontrar como si fueran Wally (¡qué bien me lo he pasado!) y un par de guiños a Koontz; además, algunas de las rimas son muy graciosas, y la dedicatoria de Koontz a su esposa es preciosa: "A Gerda, como recuerdo de ...more
Mary
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to Mary by: love the author and all he does
I love Dean Koontz and have for over 20 years. I respect him even more because he sent my class a free book and signed our classroom author quilt.(Check out his holiday poetry books for 4-6th grades) Santa Twin is a fun book for those who walk a little on the darker side, but not to Koontzish creepy. It is still kid appropriate and actually the illustrations are very eye catching and intriguing. My students can't pass the holiday book bin without wondering what it is, stopping and pulling the bo ...more
Caitlin
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5 stars all the way!

Every year since 1997 I read this around Christmas. I love it some much. This book is done in rhyme scheme!

About two little girls who hear a bump in the night and know something just isn't right.
Cheryl
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun children's (?) book. Santa's evil twin is thwarted by the two good sisters in Mr Murder. I liked looking for the snowmen on every page. Also, look closer and you can see Dean Koontz on a picture or two. Mr Murder, the book, is also pictured. Fun stuff!
Kelly
I read this book before the sequel. I preferred this one. It was easier to follow. So...maybe I would have liked the second book more if I would have read them in order.

Anyway...This book tells of Santa's evil twin, Bob, who does nasty things on Christmas Day, until he is caught by two sisters.
Soren
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
You like rimes, this will make you happy.

Sweet little quick story.
F.j.commelin
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
Some years ago Santa brought me this book.
Every christmas i reread it : the verse-style is fun and the illustratuins are beautiful with a lot to discover in them.
Jeanette
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun ride. Clever prose! Laugh out loud one liners Dean koontz and Phil parks wrote and illustrated another book called the Oddkins both of these are amazing visually due to Mr. Parks talent. Santa's Twin is not for the younger crowd but teens will love it happy ending and all. We find it especially fun to have to go back and find the snowmen on each page as well as the other hidden gems.
Tim
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I got this (and its sequel, “Robot Santa,” from the Library, on a recommendation from Mary Broome. The idea for this book supposedly came from the beginnings of a poem in Mr. Koontz’s “Mr. Murder” (see my review) about Santa’s evil twin. I don’t recall the poem, but apparently Mr. Koontz’s fan base did and requested that he fill out the story. Being a fan of Mr. Koontz, I decided to supplement my yearly reading of “A Christmas Carol” with these two books.

So this tells of Santa’s twin Bob Claus,
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Sarah
This isn't the kind of book you'd expect from horror and suspense writer Dean Koontz, it's actually a children's picture book. It is the tale of Santa's evil twin who is determined to ruin Christmas, he has locked up Santa and has set off on Santa's sleigh to cause mischief instead of leaving presents. I've had this for years now and I bring it out most Christmases when I want a fun, festive read. The story is told in verses in much the same rhythm as The Night Before Christmas and just begs to ...more
Marsha
Known as the master of terrifying horror novels, Mr. Koontz turned his hand to writing a Christmas story about—who else?—Santa’s evil twin. Bwahahahahaha! But Bob isn’t evil so much as very naughty and Mr. Koontz’s poetry whimsically captures his naughty deeds as well as the two intrepid little girls who are determined to stop him.

Mr. Koontz reveals a quite deft and lyrical gift for children’s poetry. His rhymes remind us of older, more well-known Christmas stories and songs but brings the holi
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Rusty
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Four of us read this one today. Let me share some parts that had us chuckling:

Santa's twin is evil, has locked the merry man away and stolen his sleigh to create havoc:

"They land on the roof, quiet and sneaky,
Oh, but this Santa is fearfully freaky;
He Whispers a warning to each reindeer,
leaning close to make sure they hear:
'You Have relatives back at the Pole -
antlered, gentle, quite innocent souls.

'So if you fly off while I'm inside,
back to the Pole on a plane I will ride,
I'll have a picnic in t
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Steve
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Okay. You've read Mr. Murder. And contained in that book is a poem that the protagonist is writing and telling his daughters. And did you think "Gee, I would like to read the end of that poem." Well, your wait is over. Here is the entire poem, with great illustrations by Phil Parks. It is just as delightful as the book it came from was suspensful.

Santa Claus' twin brother, Bob Claus, decides to take his brothers place and mess up people's Christmas. But two determined little girls, Charlotte and
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Elke
A christmas picture book for children by the master of suspense? With rhymes? Ye
s and no: though it is a christmas story, it is an unmistakable Koontz: Santa is
locked in the cellar by his bad brother, who wants to deliver some christmas tr
eats of his own this year. He intends to spoil christmas for everyone so they wi
ll stop liking Santa, as nobody likes him. But two sisters stand up against his
evil plan and free Santa, but will there be enough time left to save Christmas a
s well? The book is w
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Chris Mauger
Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
At our school, this book has become a holiday tradition. Adapted from Koontz's novel "Mr. Murder", this is a tale of Santa's twin brother Bob Claus and his efforts to spoil the Christmas of two sisters. The girls, Charlotte and Emily, conspire to thwart Bob's evil plan and in the process Bob learns a valuable lesson. A cross between "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Night Before Christmas", this story works best with 3rd-6th graders. It takes about 40 minutes to read aloud, so plan accor ...more
AliceAnn
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read, christmas
Wanted to read a Christmas book to put me in the mood for the upcoming holiday season. While I enjoyed immensely some of the lines in the poem, to the point of having to read them out loud, (right now I have 'deep, dark, dank hole' stuck in my head), I had problems getting the lines to match up syllabically (if this isn't a word, it should be :). I'm sure I'll be rereading Bob's story again next Christmas season, and it will probably make me laugh again. I had totally forgotten about trying to f ...more
Katie
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
My husband Scott is a huge Dean Koontz fan. I've tried to read some of his more-known books, but I just can't get into horror and suspece. I just don't have the patience for it I guess. But I love his children's books! They are vibrent and intriging and usually have a happy ending, with some sadness. They tend to be more-life-like fantasy fairy-tales, if that's possible. I wish all of Dean Koontz's children's titles were re-released and not out-of-print. They can be very hard to find, but worth ...more
Ruby
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the type of book for someone who holds a love/hate relationship with the holiday season, like I do. I also liked that it wasn't written in the typical Koontz style. It seemed that it was almost written for young readers (though I think younger readers would grow bored with the length), but at the same time, I think it is more for the adult, minus the typical heart pounding Koontz suspense. All-in-all, a good read for those of us who dislike all the trappings of Christmas, yet long for th ...more
Sheila
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Santa's evil twin has kidnapped Santa and taken over. He's bringing horrible things to put under the tree and doing terrible things to sully Santa's name and reputation. Emmy and Lottie are the only ones who can save Santa and Christmas.

Written in poem form, this is one of the funniest reads for Christmas. I laughed so hard. I loved it. This is modern Christmas classic! Boys will enjoy it as well as girls and adults. I never expected something like this from Dean Koontz but it is worth picking u
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Hil
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great alternative to "The Night Before Christmas" with a little more of a Dr Seussy edge to it. Made me laugh when he wrote "poo!" over the children's drawings! Really nice illustrations and a nice little hunt-the-snowman test at the end too. Now I need to find some children to read it too. A great addition to my Koontz collection (at last!) There were a few dodgy rhymes but I'll let him off - I'm sure Potato rhymes with tomato in Dean's native language!
Shaneil Moto
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My children (10, 6, 3) love this book! It is silly, festive, and just gross enough to hold the interest of three little ones. We read it to them every Christmas, and it has become an important part of our family traditions. It is a bit long, so I usually lose the attention of one about halfway through, so with very young children I would recommend reading it in snippets. They still love the beautiful illustrations and the rhythmic tone. A definite winner in our house!
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