The Christmas Genie

by Dan Gutman (Author) Dan Santat (Illustrator)

The Christmas Genie
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
It's the last day of school before Christmas vacation and Alex, Chase, and the rest of Mrs. Walter's fifth-grade class couldn't wish more for that final bell to ring.

But the day takes a crazy turn when a mysterious meteorite crashes through their classroom window and a genie pops out. He will grant just one wish for the whole class to share. Be careful what you wish for!
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School Library Journal

Gr 3-5  When a genie named Bob pops out of a meteorite after crashing through the window of Mrs. Walterss fifth-grade classroom, he grants the students a collective wish as reward for his release. Theres just one hitchthey have only an hour to decide what that wish will be (Bob is cranky after being cooped up for thirteen million light years). What follows is a lively, thought-provoking, and hilarious discussion of the merits and drawbacks of each of their wishes as they attempt to arrive at a decision democratically. Snarky Bob interrupts their provocative and often-heated banter with audacious quips, including digs at Santa Claus, with whom he allegedly grew up. Gutman packs plenty of history, science, and ethics lessons in this fun, well-paced fantasy that happens to take place at Christmas, but will be enjoyed at any time of year. This book is laugh-out-loud funny from page one. - Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library

Copyright 2009 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Publishers Weekly

So what does a genie have to do with Christmas? Plenty, in Gutman's goofy middle-grade novel. After a genie emerges from a meteorite that has crashed into Chase's fifth-grade classroom, Chase (a personable, funny narrator) and his classmates must decide on one wish. Most chapters are devoted to a single potential wish. Chase's is, "I wish I had all the money in the world," as the kids weigh their options. Despite the ample silliness, Gutman works in discussion of topics like war and divorce as well as the ethical and global ramifications of the various wishes. Ages 8-12 (Oct.)

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date
October 20, 2009
BISAC categories
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
JUV017000 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | General
Library of Congress categories
Christmas stories
South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award
Nominee 2011 - 2012

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