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Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. This very funny picture book will best be appreciated by kids who know their Santa Claus lore--and no longer think he's real. The story begins with Santa as a young man, in jacket and tie, applying for jobs. He starts out by sweeping chimneys, but he stays too clean, so he moves into postal work. Problem: he likes to make deliveries in the middle of the night. Fired, Santa moves on to work in an all-night diner, where he piles on the pounds. Then he moves to the zoo, where he becomes friendly with the reindeer, after which Santa and the reindeer all join the circus and fly through the air. Elves rescue him from that job. Santa and the reindeer are taken to the North Pole, and--well, you know the rest. This is a wonderful wedding of text and art. The story is smart and funny, and Schindler knows exactly how to make his artwork play off the humour. It's particularly fun to watch the Santa ageing process as he goes from an eager young job applicant to the jolly old Santa we know. Setting the boxed text against a background of want ads is also an inspired touch. Fun to look at, fun to read, fun to share with kids. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.