Santa's New Jet
David Biedrzycki, author & illustrator
David Biedrzycki has been creating illustrations for book publishers, advertising agencies, magazines, and design firms since 1980. His art has graced the cover of KidSoft magazine, New England Aquarium billboards and children's software packaging, such as "The Amazon Trail" and "Odell Down Under." His clients include Celestial Seasonings®, After the Fall Juices(tm), IBM, and Newsweek.
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The Boston Globe
David Biedrzycki’s "Santa’s New Jet’’ puts a new turbo spin on Santa and his reindeer, without ever losing the essential sweetness of the original. Told in the first person by Mr. Claus himself we learn that the old "sleigh needed work - a lot of work.’’ As for the reindeer, "They were out of shape . . . really out of shape.’’ It takes Orville the elf to design the new Super Santa Sleigh 3000 Jet - in cherry red, with a convertible top, and all kinds of fancy gadgets.
Santa is in for more than he’d bargained - a jet that flies too fast, makes too much noise, and spills toys everywhere. Meanwhile, the reindeer are back home at the North Pole working out on the Prance-o-Matic and getting ready to save Christmas. Biedrzycki inserts touches of humor into every image: overweight reindeer eating cotton candy; Santa sending out a Ho Ho Help! S.O.S. His palette is Christmas-bright but with soft touches of sky blue, puffy white snow, pale greens, and golds. It’s not easy to take an old chestnut and make it new, but that’s exactly what happens here. The result is a sweet and funny holiday lark.
Kirkus Reviews, for example
When the reindeer get too out of shape to pull Santa’s sleigh, an elf named Orville designs a custom jet for Santa’s Christmas Eve deliveries, though Santa finds his traditional transportation mode suits him best.
Computer-generated illustrations and slapstick humor set the tone for this amusing, first-person account told from Santa’s point of view. The elves produce a new, bright-red jet for Santa in record time, and he zips around the North Pole on practice runs. But during his Christmas Eve deliveries, Santa finds the jet noisy and hard to land. He misses the reindeer, and when fog sets in, he sends up an emergency flare for reindeer road assistance. The reindeer have been secretly working out and fixing up the old sleigh, so they fly to Santa’s aid to complete the holiday deliveries in the old-fashioned way. The visual gag ending shown in thought bubbles from the reindeer reveals Santa’s jet in a display at the History of Flight Museum, rather than the reindeer team shown in a previous illustration. These newly buff reindeer are far from obsolescence.
The story line is a little forced and the ending is predictable, but kids who like shiny airplanes or alternate means of transportation will like seeing Santa in a jet instead of a sleigh.
Portland Book Review
Christmas Eve will soon be here and Santa must prepare for the big night. But when he pulls his sled out of the workshop, he sees that it is in no condition to fly. It needs major repairs. Just when things couldn't get any worse, Santa discovers that the reindeer are out of shape after a year of eating nothing but North Pole pizza, popcorn, and ice cream sundaes. A practice run with the broken sled and couch potato reindeer turns into a disaster. Can the elves save the day? Orville Elf informs Santa that the elves can build him a jet to use on Christmas Eve. Rudolph and the other reindeer are in jeopardy of being replaced. They hatch a plan to be there for Santa just in case his new jet isn't able to save Christmas. Will they have a chance to redeem themselves? David Biedrzycki's holiday children's book Santa's New Jet tells the story of Santa's most challenging Christmas. The illustrations are a riot. Kids will love searching for intricate details and Biedrzycki has included hidden images (an elf, sled, and reindeer) to find on every page. This story of second chances, friendship, and holiday cheer is sure to become a new family favorite.
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