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What would happen if Santa fell to Earth? Christmas through the eyes of Cornelia Funke: quirky, funny, ultimately heartwarming, and packaged in a collectible format. A new holiday classic! Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts--causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he's not safe: What would happen if Santa fell to Earth? Christmas through the eyes of Cornelia Funke: quirky, funny, ultimately heartwarming, and packaged in a collectible format. A new holiday classic! Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts--causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he's not safe: Jeremiah Goblynch, the ruthless new leader of the Council of Yuleland, is determind to put an end to children's wishes and turn the holiday season into his own personal moneymaking scheme. As the last REAL St. Nick around, only Santa stands between Goblynch and his grinchlike plan. With the help and hope of kids Charlotte and Ben, Santa must face Goblynch and his Nutcracker goons to save Christmas!


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What would happen if Santa fell to Earth? Christmas through the eyes of Cornelia Funke: quirky, funny, ultimately heartwarming, and packaged in a collectible format. A new holiday classic! Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts--causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he's not safe: What would happen if Santa fell to Earth? Christmas through the eyes of Cornelia Funke: quirky, funny, ultimately heartwarming, and packaged in a collectible format. A new holiday classic! Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts--causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he's not safe: Jeremiah Goblynch, the ruthless new leader of the Council of Yuleland, is determind to put an end to children's wishes and turn the holiday season into his own personal moneymaking scheme. As the last REAL St. Nick around, only Santa stands between Goblynch and his grinchlike plan. With the help and hope of kids Charlotte and Ben, Santa must face Goblynch and his Nutcracker goons to save Christmas!

30 review for When Santa Fell to Earth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    We found this at the library by chance, picking it up because we love Cornelia Funke, and Maren hogged it once we got home. She giggled through it, kept telling me how much I would love it, and then repeatedly asked me when I was going to start it. The first real book recommendation from my daughter! Heart all aflutter here.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    3.5 STARS Funke has penned a creative new Christmas story, one that by turns charmed and slightly appalled me. On the whole, I enjoyed it and the sweet, magical moments are the ones that will stay with me. But I would caution parents to share this with children only after previewing it as sensitive children, or those with a steadfast belief in the traditional Santa, may be upset reading about multiple Santas (view spoiler)[ (including a very bad one who turned other "good" Santas into chocolate a 3.5 STARS Funke has penned a creative new Christmas story, one that by turns charmed and slightly appalled me. On the whole, I enjoyed it and the sweet, magical moments are the ones that will stay with me. But I would caution parents to share this with children only after previewing it as sensitive children, or those with a steadfast belief in the traditional Santa, may be upset reading about multiple Santas (view spoiler)[ (including a very bad one who turned other "good" Santas into chocolate and all but one of the reindeer into salami!) (hide spoiler)] Another negative, the resolution felt a bit rushed and the solution too easy. And a few threads never got resolved, including one about cheating in school which may not provide the best "moral" for kids. That said, the story also contains many sweet and beautiful chapters that capture the spirit and magic of Christmas and of a true Santa's good heart. It's also a story about friendship, even with those you thought you wouldn't like. Some of the passages are just so lovely; I think my favorite was the one in the elves' workshop and, of course, Christmas Day. Oh, and I really liked the illustrations!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Deborah O'Carroll

    Aww, that was so cute--illustrations too. And Niklas Goodfellow is my fave!! <3

  4. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    When Niklas Goodfellow's Christmas caravan falls to earth in the midst of a terrible storm, the Santa finds himself with no way of getting going again. Pursued by the evil Gerold Geronimus Goblynch, a bad Santa who leads the Great Christmas Council, Niklas knows that he is in danger. What is worse, the idea of Santa itself is threatened by Goblynch's changes to the way that the world's Santas deliver gifts. Gone are the days of listening to children's wishes - now orders are taken from parents, When Niklas Goodfellow's Christmas caravan falls to earth in the midst of a terrible storm, the Santa finds himself with no way of getting going again. Pursued by the evil Gerold Geronimus Goblynch, a bad Santa who leads the Great Christmas Council, Niklas knows that he is in danger. What is worse, the idea of Santa itself is threatened by Goblynch's changes to the way that the world's Santas deliver gifts. Gone are the days of listening to children's wishes - now orders are taken from parents, and for money! - and gone are the Christmas elves and angels. Only Niklas and his helpers hold out for the old ways. But when two young children - Ben and Charlotte - enter the picture, it sets in motion events that will lead to (view spoiler)[the downfall of the terrible Goblynch, and a return to the true Christmas magic (hide spoiler)] ... Originally published in German as Als der Weihnachtsmann vom Himmel fiel, this Christmas fantasy novel from Cornelia Funke, author of such popular children's books as The Thief Lord and Inkheart , is an engaging story. It's entertaining, and a quick, fun read. I liked all of the characters, from Matilda the scolding angel to the cursing elves, patient Niklas to shy Ben. That said, I did wonder a bit at the main story idea, as this seems to point to the (quite legitimate) idea that Christmas has become too commercialized, the magic lost to more mundane gift shopping on the part of parents. Given that parents are in fact the ones who buy "Santa's" gifts in real life, I wonder whether reading this tale might make children who are aware of that fact (I was, myself) feel somehow less enchanted by the whole fantasy of Santa. With that caveat - that despite its message of Christmas wonder, it may in fact diminish that wonder for some children - I would recommend this to middle grade readers looking for fantasy fiction at the holidays.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fedra

    Happy New Year! That was a cute story for kids for Christmas (or for New Year's depending when Santa is coming in your country). I think if I was a child, I would appreciate it more. It was still ok, got me craving for hot chocolate next to the Christmas tree. Happy New Year! That was a cute story for kids for Christmas (or for New Year's depending when Santa is coming in your country). I think if I was a child, I would appreciate it more. It was still ok, got me craving for hot chocolate next to the Christmas tree.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    Cornelia Funke writes the perfect holiday book for both children and adults! The storyline is clever and makes you smile practically the entire way through! The story is centered on Ben, a child that appears to be an underachiever, and Niklas Goodfellow, the last real Santa Clause. The evil Gerold Geronimus Goblynch is in charge of the Great Christmas Council and has outlawed the old ways magic was once used for children. Niklas Goodfellow's remaining friends, which consists of elves, angels, and Cornelia Funke writes the perfect holiday book for both children and adults! The storyline is clever and makes you smile practically the entire way through! The story is centered on Ben, a child that appears to be an underachiever, and Niklas Goodfellow, the last real Santa Clause. The evil Gerold Geronimus Goblynch is in charge of the Great Christmas Council and has outlawed the old ways magic was once used for children. Niklas Goodfellow's remaining friends, which consists of elves, angels, and a reindeer, have been banned and/or exterminated. Instead of utilizing these magical creatures, snowmobiles are replacing them forever. Any Santa who disagrees with the new rules is turned into Chocolate. While Niklas was supposed to be in hiding, his reindeer escapes while flying one night; thus, Santa falls to Earth! Now, it's up to Ben and his new friend Charlotte to help the last Santa. While this is an excellent story, Funke concludes with almost a bittersweet ending. Funke's character, Ben, doesn't seem to develop as the story progresses. Readers will assume Ben is maturing, but as the story continues, he seems to fall into old habits that classify him as the underachiever. It's quite unfortunate that Funke portrays almost every adult as being neglectful of their children yet somehow keeps the spirit of Christmas anticipatory for children! It's a wonderfully hilarious book but be warned that some characters never change (even with the spirit of Christmas).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    A great book to read aloud. But be prepared to read the last 50 pages in one sitting. I couldn't read fast enough for my 8 year old! A great book to read aloud. But be prepared to read the last 50 pages in one sitting. I couldn't read fast enough for my 8 year old!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This one was fun!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Friend of Pixie

    We normally like Funke, but this story was fairly boring that the terrible reading by the author didn't help. I liked hearing her musical German accent at first, but her voice went up and down from a whisper that trailed off at the end to the shrill and loud voices of other characters. I kept turning the volume up and down, but it was tiresome after a while. Into the second CD, my son lost interest. We normally like Funke, but this story was fairly boring that the terrible reading by the author didn't help. I liked hearing her musical German accent at first, but her voice went up and down from a whisper that trailed off at the end to the shrill and loud voices of other characters. I kept turning the volume up and down, but it was tiresome after a while. Into the second CD, my son lost interest.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Denise Spicer

    Charming black and white drawings by Paul Howard complement this story about Ben and Charlotte as they help Nicklas Goodfellow, last of the good Santas, defeat Bad Santa, Gerold Goblynch and his evil nutcrackers. Note for parents : Lots of gratuitous comments about swearing. No actual swear words are used but LOTS of references to swearing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    I heart Cornelia Funke's worldbuilding always. I heart Cornelia Funke's worldbuilding always.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natali

    My son read this for a book report so I read it too. It is really cute! It sure put him in the Christmas spirit! The book has some sweet themes about the nature of Christmas and childhood. It also seeks to subtly combat the commercialism and cynicism of Christmas with its retelling of Santa. It’s a short book and fun to read with children during the holidays.

  13. 5 out of 5

    8383WB

    Just finished listening to "Santa" on CD. Ms. Funke is the reader and, while it is fun for the first few minutes to hear such a well-known author read something she wrote, she is far from professional. (Often, she runs out of breath by the ends of her sentences so the voice quality drops off.) I give her a lot of credit for writing a Christmas story for intermediate readers. And the message of keeping Christmas simple is timely. However, it reads like a screenplay for a Christmas movie with the Just finished listening to "Santa" on CD. Ms. Funke is the reader and, while it is fun for the first few minutes to hear such a well-known author read something she wrote, she is far from professional. (Often, she runs out of breath by the ends of her sentences so the voice quality drops off.) I give her a lot of credit for writing a Christmas story for intermediate readers. And the message of keeping Christmas simple is timely. However, it reads like a screenplay for a Christmas movie with the characters and action becoming more and more fantastical. Definitely read it with/to 7 to 10 year olds because there's hardly any Christmas chapter books that can be enjoyed by the family, but if you haven't read Barbara Robinson's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," that would be my first choice.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fred Kohn

    Well, steaming reindeer droppings! Who wouldn't love a Santa that drinks too much coffee? Well, steaming reindeer droppings! Who wouldn't love a Santa that drinks too much coffee?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jemima Pett

    Charming book, ideal for family reading at Christmas!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Taylerbrooke De Los Santos

    The book When Santa Fell to Earth is about Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts--causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he's not safe. This book is Modern Fantasy because it is distinguished from other genres by story elements that violate our world's natural, physical laws. Stories in this genre include talking animals, imaginary worlds, fanciful characters, and magical beings. How to use this book in a The book When Santa Fell to Earth is about Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts--causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land. And though Santa has dropped into a friendly neighborhood, he's not safe. This book is Modern Fantasy because it is distinguished from other genres by story elements that violate our world's natural, physical laws. Stories in this genre include talking animals, imaginary worlds, fanciful characters, and magical beings. How to use this book in a classroom~ is I would explain to my students the story of Christmas and how Santa comes down the chimney. Then I would have them explain to the class what traditions they do with their families for Christmas.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roshni Kanchan

    Story for small kids and from that point of view was a nice story. Surprised that this is grade 6 reading in my son's school - likely a sorting mistake. :) Story for small kids and from that point of view was a nice story. Surprised that this is grade 6 reading in my son's school - likely a sorting mistake. :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    A cute story about finding a Santa on your street - and helping save the spirit of Christmas.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jelka

    This was such a weird book. Murderous capitalist Santas try to kill the last "normal" Santa and turn his reindeer into salami. Didn't feel very christmasy. Also didn't like the main character who is kind of a masochistic ass. But his parents are horrible so I don't rdeally blame him. This was such a weird book. Murderous capitalist Santas try to kill the last "normal" Santa and turn his reindeer into salami. Didn't feel very christmasy. Also didn't like the main character who is kind of a masochistic ass. But his parents are horrible so I don't rdeally blame him.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather Lunde

    Great little Christmas story. Read by the author and it's magical. Pick it up for your Christmas enjoyment. Great little Christmas story. Read by the author and it's magical. Pick it up for your Christmas enjoyment.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I don't know what I was expecting exactly with Cornelia Funke's When Santa Fell to Earth. Was I disappointed with the reading experience? Not really. Funke's "Santa" may not have matched my expectations, but, once I got used to her take on "Santa" and his "elves," it worked fine for me. This book is certainly creative. It offers readers a) invisible reindeer, b) cursing elves, c) evil Nutcracker goons and d) chocolate santas. It is a very odd book in a way. Almost a Twilight Zone take on Christm I don't know what I was expecting exactly with Cornelia Funke's When Santa Fell to Earth. Was I disappointed with the reading experience? Not really. Funke's "Santa" may not have matched my expectations, but, once I got used to her take on "Santa" and his "elves," it worked fine for me. This book is certainly creative. It offers readers a) invisible reindeer, b) cursing elves, c) evil Nutcracker goons and d) chocolate santas. It is a very odd book in a way. Almost a Twilight Zone take on Christmas. (Especially about the BOOTS.) The book begins with a failed escape of sorts. Niklas Goodfellow is a Santa on-the-run. He's been put on trial and unfairly sentenced. He isn't all on his own. There are a few elves and angels on his side in his caravan, a few who still "get" what Christmas is all about. But it's a dangerous time for them all. They may have initially escaped, but, they have crashed. They landed in small neighborhood. They may eventually get away BEFORE they're discovered, but, every day they remain, every day it takes to repair things increases the risk. Charlotte and Ben are the kid heroes of When Santa Fell To Earth. They are the two that interact with Niklas Goodfellow and his angels and elves. They are the two that find the naughty reindeer, Twinklestar. They are the two that fight alongside Santa and his elves against the oh-so-evil Gerold Geronimus Goblynch. The book is certainly interesting and entertaining. But it's also ODD.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    I picked this up from a book order because we're big Cornelia Funke fans. This is a cute book, around 165 pages long, that ends up answering a lot of questions kids have when they are on the verge of no longer believing in Santa. It answers questions like How does Santa get all those presents in his bag? How can he deliver everything in one night? How come we've never seen a flying reindeer? An inventive story that was a fun read-aloud with the kids. The end fell a little bit flat, but it was go I picked this up from a book order because we're big Cornelia Funke fans. This is a cute book, around 165 pages long, that ends up answering a lot of questions kids have when they are on the verge of no longer believing in Santa. It answers questions like How does Santa get all those presents in his bag? How can he deliver everything in one night? How come we've never seen a flying reindeer? An inventive story that was a fun read-aloud with the kids. The end fell a little bit flat, but it was good as a children's story which is what it was intended to be.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather Collins

    I have a conflicted opinion of this book. It was overall a fun read, with some sincere characters. I got it for my daughter (7) and I to read together. But after I started reading the book, I had to edit out some parts because the author kept referring to cursing and other mean and spiteful behaviors of some of the characters. I looked up the books recommended age and it's 9-10. But even then I really think some of the parts could have been left out of the book entirely without affecting the ent I have a conflicted opinion of this book. It was overall a fun read, with some sincere characters. I got it for my daughter (7) and I to read together. But after I started reading the book, I had to edit out some parts because the author kept referring to cursing and other mean and spiteful behaviors of some of the characters. I looked up the books recommended age and it's 9-10. But even then I really think some of the parts could have been left out of the book entirely without affecting the entire story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marie Godley

    A beautiful cover on this book with a delightful story inside. who could resist, santa, angels, a marzipan eating reindeer and elves. Add in a baddy or two in the form of an evil santa and nutcrackers and you have a great mix.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Natalia

    Such a wonderful, thrilling read in full Christmas mood. It was a pity it ended so soon. Cornelia Funke has such amazing ideas and imagination, there is so much room for the reader to get lost in the world she creates. A delightful book not only for children.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessalyn King

    I know, I know... The Jessa-grinch read a Christmas book willingly... But it was because it was the only other book in the library catalogue read by Cornelia Funke, and I thought her reading style was really cute... This book was also sweet. It loses a star because I'm a grinch. I know, I know... The Jessa-grinch read a Christmas book willingly... But it was because it was the only other book in the library catalogue read by Cornelia Funke, and I thought her reading style was really cute... This book was also sweet. It loses a star because I'm a grinch.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Qt

    3 1/2 stars. Christmasy and fun; I loved the illustrations.

  28. 5 out of 5

    X

    Nice, Christmasy story, and not how I expected it to be, in a good way.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Madalina

    The book is very well written. I loved the whole story. The plot is very ingenious. I recommend it for 12+.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christen Em

    3.5 stars. It was a little hard to get into, but I was left with warm fuzzy feelings every time I put the book down.

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