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I think it is a fun unique story about being different, but not letting being different stop one from achieving his/her dreams or goals. Also, a powerful message about seeing something that would be considered a failure as a positive outcome. I think if makes a great holiday gift for young readers and could be one that will get passed down from generation to generation.
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
Freddy Melcher is Santa’s #1 fan. He dresses up as Santa every chance he can and fills his room with holiday paraphernalia. This year he is determined to snap a photo of his hero to add to his Christmas collection and begins preparations for the great Santa stakeout.
The amusing text is enhanced by Dan Santat’s engaging and humorous illustrations. There is no doubt that this will be a popular holiday read aloud!
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2019
"Freddy Melcher was Sant's #1 Fan. He was the kind of kid who'd dress up as Santa for birthday parties...and Valentine's Day...and even Talk Like a Pirate Day."
The Great Santa Stakeout, by Betsy Bird and Dan Santat combines clever text with expressive illustrations. Who hasn't wanted to catch Santa in the act of giving presents? I love the illusions to Santa culture, the main characters obsession with all things Santa, and his way of writing up plans to catch Santa.
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2020
My kids absolutely loved this book, they thought it was so funny on how much Freddy Melcher was into Santa. The illustrations in this book are colorful and really bring in the feeling of a stakeout to capture Santa picture. The kids loved the twist at the end and are hoping for another story about Freddy. It's safe to say that this book is recommended from my kiddos who all gave it a thumbs up.