Red Ranger Came Calling

Picture Books | September 1, 1997

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Using glowing, hypnotic images and a funny, provocative text, the narrator relives his father's most amazing childhood Christmas. A moody young boy living with his aunt on an island, "Red" Breathed sees himself as the "Red Ranger from Mars", his hero from the movie serials, and cannot picture life without the gift of a Red Ranger bicycle. Red is far too "swanky a human being" to believe in Santa Claus, but nevertheless he pays a visit to the aged island hermit, Lord Sander Clos, rumored to be the legendary man himself, now living in lonely, joyless retirement. This meeting triggers an emotional response within the self-absorbed Red and leads to the most remarkable bicycle ever delivered on Christmas morning. This book represents Berkeley Breathed at the top of his form.

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While spending Christmas in 1939 with a well-meaning aunt, a young boy who does not believe in Santa Claus has an unusual experience that changes his thinking.

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Using glowing, hypnotic images and a funny, provocative text, the narrator relives his father's most amazing childhood Christmas. A moody young boy living with his aunt on an island, "Red" Breathed sees himself as the "Red Ranger from Mars", his hero from the movie serials, and cannot picture life without the gift of a Red Ranger bicyc...

Berkeley Breathed is a cartoonist, novelist, director, and screenwriter, best known for the popular comic strip "Bloom County." He has written and/or illustrated many books for young readers, including Red Ranger Came Calling, The Last Basselope, Goodnight Opus, and A Wish for Wings That Worked.

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 11.5 × 10.5 × 0.25 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316102490

ISBN - 13:9780316102490

Appropriate for ages: 6

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This delightfully weird book makes me cry every time! It's so different from anything else I've ever read for Christmas and yet perfectly conveys the message I want my children to take away from the holidays. The message is one of digging deep to be kind, the importance of being thankful for small things, and the wonder of childhood.
Date published: 2010-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Compelling Christmas Yarn Berkley Breathed, best known for his "Bloom County" and "Outland" strips, has put together a beautiful story for the whole family. The tale of a young man finding a little magic in the season of Christmas is heartwarming in itself, but it is the ending (don't peek, let it come!) that will make you catch your breath. The illustrations are humourous and vivid, with the finely detailed characterizations readers of Breathed's comic strips are familiar with. Highly recommended. BIll
Date published: 2000-10-26

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While spending Christmas in 1939 with a well-meaning aunt, a young boy who does not believe in Santa Claus has an unusual experience that changes his thinking.