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Kirkus Loves The Naughty List

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A zany take on how Christmas happens aims straight for the middle-grade humor sweet spot.

The year her father moves to North Dakota pursuing an oil job, 12-year-old Bobbie Mendoza decides to ignore Christmas. Before this, Bobbie was a normal girl, but now she oozes ’tude: her favorite color is “black. Black goes with everything. Even me.” Among the other indignities of this year, the family’s inflatable Zombie Santa attacks Bobbie—resulting in a “stupid HOT PINK cast.” Bobbie’s decision to get younger Tad a 3D Mega Machine by any means necessary leads to her abduction by two elves, learning the truth about the evil keeper of the Naughty List, and discovering what Tad really wants for Christmas. Along the way Bobbie meets a less-than-admirable Santa in a North Pole redolent of refried beans, along with equally unconventional reindeer led by antler-sparking Larry (not the other one). The copious illustrations, black-and-white cartoons reminiscent of Fry’s comic strip, “Over the Hedge,” add fun, clarity, and (oddly enough) believability to the text. Despite the female main focus, boys will enjoy the story too.  References to butts, farts, and lead reindeer Larry’s incontinence will cause mirth and the occasional guffaw.

Readers of both genders will take to this original and hilarious story—so long as they do not still believe in Santa. (Fantasy. 10-13)

Click HERE to preorder.

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Praise For The Naughty List From Lincoln Peirce and Tom Angleberger

NaughtyList_cI’m happy to present two terrific blurbs for my and Bradley Jackson’s upcoming middle grade Christmas novel, The Naughty List (Harper-Collins, pub date 9/22/15) from best selling authors Lincoln Peirce and Tom Angleberger.

“A great story, lively drawings, and a cast of unforgettable characters. What else could you want for Christmas? The Naughty List is a book for all seasons!”

—Lincoln Peirce, bestselling author of the Big Nate series

“If you are like me you normally don’t read Christmas books because there aren’t enough robo-narwhals, submarines, refried beans, and Ninja Santas in them. Fry and Jackson just fixed that.”

—Tom Angleberger, bestselling author of the Origami Yoda series

You can pre-order The Naughty List here.

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The Naughty List Cover Reveal

NaughtyList_cComing 9/22/15 from Harper Collins. A twelve year old girl who’s boycotting Christmas accidentally gets her little brother on the Naughty List and travels to the North Pole to get him off.

Special thanks to Rick Farley, Harper Collins Art Director, for help with color, shading, perspective and all that stuff I paid no attention to in art class.

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