5 Stars! Readers' Favorite
Posted on the Barnes and Noble web site, BN.com, on January 30, 2013
Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
Nugget couldn’t seem to do anything right in Santa’s workshop as he always made mistakes in every new job he was given to do. That is, until Mrs. Claus gave Santa a sugary white cat named Sugar, and Nugget was given the responsibility of taking care of Santa’s new Christmas present. Even though others thought Nugget would do something wrong in caring for Sugar, Nugget proved them wrong by the way he took care of this special cat.
Everything about this book is beautiful, inside and out. The high quality hard cover is beautifully illustrated with Santa holding his white furry friend, and Nugget looking on. This sweet story by Jane Gerencher will capture your child’s heart and attention as you read about Nugget, the misfit elf who makes mistakes and just can’t find his place in Santa’s North Pole workshop. The beauty of the story teaches children how everyone makes mistakes. Even when we make mistakes, there is still hope because everyone has that something special we are good at. The only problem is that we just need to find what it is. In this story, Nugget realizes that taking care of Santa’s furry friend Sugar is his job at the workshop, and he does his job well. And to go along with the story, Michael Patch created awesomely wonderful illustrations on every page that makes the story come alive before your eyes. You just have to see the print book to understand the beauty of it. I highly recommend this special Christmas book for your child’s library. And this is not a book to be read only at Christmas. I have read it to my four year-old niece several times today. For children, Santa Claus is for year round and they enjoy Christmas stories any time. I encourage you to pick up a copy for the special child in your life today.
5 Stars! Feathered Quill Book Reviews
Posted on the Barnes and Noble web site, BN.com, on May 7, 2013
Santa is VERY tired. He’s had quite a night, delivering presents to all the good boys and girls around the world. Returning home, there’s nothing he’d like better than to slip on his comfy slippers, sip hot chocolate, and get a hug from his favorite kitty, Sugar.
Sugar is an absolutely adorable cat, with an irresistible expression and a fluffy, pure white coat that blends perfectly with the white trim of Santa’s red coat. Sugar is loved by everybody, and expertly cared for by Nugget, an elf whose sole job it is to take care of the cat. Nugget did try other jobs, such as painting toys and feeding reindeer, but he never lasted long at any job because, while he tried really, really hard, he always fumbled the task. Caring for Sugar, however, has been the perfect job for him and he is proud to see to every need of the cat.
Back to the story…on that particular Christmas Eve, while Santa, Mrs. Claus and Nugget headed from the sleigh to the house, Sugar ran to the sleigh. Finding Santa’s hat, the cat snuggled with it and took a much needed nap. Meanwhile, one of the elves came running into the house to show Santa a present that had not been delivered to a little girl. Santa knew that the youngster truly deserved the gift, so he ordered his reindeer harnessed and off they went. Shortly after Santa disappeared from view, Nugget noticed that Sugar was gone. Would he be able to find Sugar or had he failed yet another job?
Santa’s Sugar is a really fun, original story that I truly enjoyed reading. It has Christmas, a cute elf who tries so very hard, a kitty that you’ll want to bring home and oh, yes, a little mystery about a missing cat. At 51 pages, with not too much text per page and lots and lots of fantastic illustrations, it’s a good ‘read-together’ for young fans of Santa. It is also the ideal length for youngsters who are not quite ready for chapter books, although I suspect even those who can read above this level will choose this book for a bedtime story. And about those illustrations - did I mention they’re great? They capture the mood of Christmas and the love of the season perfectly. Wrap it all up and it’s a wonderful Christmas gift for your young reader.
Quill says: A truly original Christmas story that teaches responsibility, and more importantly, that there is a special purpose for each of us.
Here is a link to the extensive review that was provided by
Gina Reba of Insatiable Readers on Dec. 17, 2012: http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com/2012/12/santas-sugar-by-jane-gerencher.html
The text of the review, without the illustrations, is supplied below.
Nugget is a little elf in Santa's workshop who cannot find his place and purpose. After being less than successful making toys and working in other departments, Nugget feels he is not a true elf. Fortunately, Santa is in need of an elf to care for his beloved cat, Sugar, and, after careful thought, chooses Nugget. Find out what happens to Nugget and learn with him that kindness and friendship along with wanting to do the right thing lead to happy endings.
Oh me oh my…what an unusual and yet appropriate coincidence. *chuckle* Okay, before you count me out for having one too many slices of fruitcake (which I’d never…I’ll leave that for dear sweet Mom who LOVES the stuff), let me explain what I mean. This is a picture book that’s heavy on the story but also on the pictures…a good balance if I do say so myself. When gathering my thoughts for this post, I was heavily reminded of one of my favorite Christmas movies, Santa Claus: The Movie. No, not the Tim Allen one, though those are delightful as well; the one where the older couple get lost in a snowstorm only to be rescued/found by the Vendagum (aka elves) and become Mr and Mrs Claus. It’s also the one where a certain excitable elf was good at things, yes…but it took him a little while longer to discover his niche in the North Pole family. His name…was Patch. Look at the illustrator’s LAST NAME. Coincidence? Hmm….I wonder. Anywho…
A longer than usual storybook that would make a GREAT addition to any holiday reading rotation with characters that will truly warm your heart, this is an adventure the whole family can enjoy…and yes, I do mean adventure. It all starts with Nugget, the elf that seems to be square in a round world, and a task that others said he couldn’t be counted on to do….after all, he made a mess of everything else he tried. How could they suppose this one would be any different? It’s called giving an elf a chance people!
Santa was the one looking for assistance and in his wisdom chose little Nugget, imagine that! The task…care for his much loved kitty, Sugar. See? Even Santa knows that a furry friend is a wonderful addition to any family no matter how complete it may seem! Though his choice was sound, mayhem does follow when one winter’s night after a missed delivery, Santa takes flight once again on an emergency mission to save a child’s Christmas…and Sugar disappears! Nugget is beside himself and does everything he can to right the wrong…aka FIND THE CAT! Will his efforts be fruitful? Is little Sugar found and they all live happily ever after? Ah, you’ll have to read it to find out but the lessons learned along the way are well worth the journey.
Younger readers will be dazzled by the story itself as well as get a first glimpse at what true friendship really means…accepting others in spite of their faults and treasuring them even more so for the efforts they put forth. Older readers will delight in the familiar air to the story (as it does take place the night before Christmas..hehe) while enjoying the new twists it is given that set it apart from the holiday pack. Let us not forget all the pet lovers out there as well because really, Sugar is a little white fluffy sweetheart! (So cute!) It really and truly is a book that almost anyone will fall in love with…unless of course your Ebeneezer Scrooge BEFORE the ghostly visits; then I can’t do much for you…except warn you about clocks striking the hour of ONE. *-*
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Delightful Christmas Story!, November 8, 2012
This is a delightful story about Sugar, Santa's kitten, and Nugget, the little elf entrusted to care for her. Nugget has yet to find his perfect fit as one of Santa's elves, so when Santa assigns him the job of caring for Sugar, the other elves wonder at Santa's choice. For an entire year, Nugget does his job to perfection, but when Sugar goes missing on Christmas eve, Nugget fears the worst. I won't give any spoilers, I'll just say that finding Sugar was fun to read and contained a valuable lesson.
As for the illustrations, they are superb! Kudos to Michael Patch for creating pictures that warm the heart and match the storyline perfectly.
Jane Gerencher has created a storybook to be passed down from generation to generation. I heartily recommend this Christmas storybook!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 'all year' Christmas Story :-), November 9, 2012
Sue (Mooresvile, NC United States)
Santa's Sugar is a delightful little book that would be perfect under any Christmas tree,
yet teaches life-long lessons too. Elf Nugget can't seem to find his place at the North Pole,
until Santa gives him a very important job. When Nugget almost fails at his new job, he learns
from Santa how important it is to do the right thing.
Santa's Sugar is full of colorful illustrations that will charm any child. It's a great reason
to snuggle up with a child or grandchild - or little brother or sister - for a good read any
time of the year. It made me smile :-)
5.0 out of 5 stars Santa and Nugget : a Christmas treat, November 18, 2012
Linda of Naples, FL
This review is from: Santa's Sugar (Hardcover)
In Santa's Sugar author Jane Gerencher provides an amazing holiday book that depicts Santa as a caring and inspiring adult when he selects the "misfit" elf, Nugget, to take care of his kitten, Sugar. Nugget has tried to be successful in many activities within the North Pole and sadly is not successfull at any task. So all are shocked when Santa selects Nugget to take care of Sugar. Thus, Nugget must live up to Santa's expectations and prove that he can be a responsible elf.
This book provides parents a wonderful read aloud that can be used as a springboard for "responsibility" and "doing your best" all year round. The author's rich language is supported by the detailed and colorful illustrations.
The ending has an interesting surprise and leaves readers with a wish for more Nugget stories!
5.0 out of 5 stars Santa's Sugar, November 18, 2012
Lois from Bethlehem,PA
This review is from: Santa's Sugar (Hardcover)
Santa's Sugar is a wonderful book for children of all ages! The well written story entertains and gives a message of "learning to do the right thing". The illustrations are outstanding and children can relate to the character of Nugget, the elf, who tries his best but often makes mistakes. Finally, Santa sees his potential and has Nugget take care of his kitten, Sugar. There is a twist at the end which shows the value of friendship.
A holiday book that should be included on everyone's Santa's list for 2012.