How Murray Saved Christmas

Paperback | September 16, 2004

byMike ReissIllustratorDavid Catrow

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A hilarious Christmas story from an Emmy award-winning writer of The Simpsons!

When Santa’s knocked out cold by a Jack-in-the-Boxer’s walloping punch, deli owner Murray Kleiner reluctantly agrees to take his place. The suit doesn’t fit, Murray smells a bit like pickles, and there’s no way he can remember the names of all those reindeer. But with the help of a pushy elf and an eager-to-believe young boy, Murray finds out that even though he’s not big enough to fill Santa’s suit, he’s got more than enough heart to get the job done.

* "Reiss scores a bull's-eye with this hilarious debut. Catrow's puckish watercolors are equal to Reiss's wit and lightning pace." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Finally, a Christmas book that lives up to its title!" --Matthew Groening, creator of The Simpsons

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A hilarious Christmas story from an Emmy award-winning writer of The Simpsons!When Santa’s knocked out cold by a Jack-in-the-Boxer’s walloping punch, deli owner Murray Kleiner reluctantly agrees to take his place. The suit doesn’t fit, Murray smells a bit like pickles, and there’s no way he can remember the names of all those reindeer....

Mike Reiss is an award-winning television writer, including four Emmys and a Peabody for his work on The Simpsons. Reiss is also the author of several children's books. David Catrow is the illustrator of many picture books including Stand Tall, I Wanna Iguana, and We the Kids: the Preamble to the Constitution. He lives in Ohio with his...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9 × 10 × 0.13 inPublished:September 16, 2004Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014250145X

ISBN - 13:9780142501450

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gotta love Murray..... You are going to love, love this book.  It will have you rolling with laughter as you share the story of an out-of-commision Santa and his stand-in, Murray Kleiner, a cranky,  Jewish deli owner who steps in to substitute for the real thing.  Poor Santa is completely knocked out cold when he investigates a toy handed him.  It is a Jack-in-the-boxer and it delivers quite a punch.  Santa hits the floor with a thud and is unable to function and perform his Christmas Eve duties.  His distraught, worried elf contacts Murray, the deli owner and pleads for his help.  Murray reluctantly agrees to the plan and that's when the fun begins.  Murray doesn't fit well into Santa's red suit (it's way too big), he smells like a pickle and he cannot even accurately name the reindeer.  He calls then Jumbo, Dumbo and Richard M. Nixon just to give you a sample of the wit and humour you are about to encounter).  The rhyming beat will have you moving along with the storyline and the illustrations are hilarious and perfect in all ways.  The comicality is offbeat and you (the adult) will get a kick out of the book just as much as your child who is being read to.  It is a great twist on "The Night Before Christmas", and even more zany if accents are added to the characters when you read the book aloud.  I particularly loved the ending when testy Murray adds a new dimension to Christmas Eve by giving presents to the naughty boys and girls too, proving his heart is kind and tender and everyone should be included in the magical night of gift giving.  Santa Murray spreads cheer throughout the land on behalf of beloved Santa Claus who we hope will be fit to resume his duties again next year giving Murray the night off.
Date published: 2013-12-19

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* "Reiss scores a bull's-eye with this hilarious debut. Catrow's puckish watercolors are equal to Reiss's wit and lightning pace." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Finally, a Christmas book that lives up to its title!" --Matthew Groening, creator ofThe Simpsons