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Book review: 'Santa Calls': Dazzling art and North Pole adventure make this a winning holiday pick for kids

Parents need to know that William Joyce's "Santa Calls" is a lushly illustrated, elaborate fantasy set in 1908. Orphaned cowboy kid Art, his little sister, Esther, and his best friend, Spaulding Littlefeets, a Comanche, travel in from their prairie home in Abilene, Texas, to the North Pole in a flying machine dubbed the Yuletide Flyer, sent by Santa himself. Once in Toyland, they have a grand adventure battling an army of Dark Elves and their evil queen. There's a snowball fight, the Dark Elves capture Esther, and there's a big battle to rescue her, but the weapons the kids use are a candy bomb and licorice sticks.

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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Dec. 10, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan (c) 2017 NPD Group.

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Editorial: A tyke's newest toy: Facebook

Milestones when your child reaches age 6: Her first baby tooth comes out. He wobbles through his first bike ride. She can count to 100, and his vocabulary tops 5,000 words. Now there's a new rite of passage – that first Facebook chat.

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These books command, not capture, your attention

The new Chris Ware book has sat beside my desk for weeks. It's been tough to miss. It's about a foot-and-a-half tall with a canary-yellow spine, and the cover image is signature Ware: Comic book hieroglyphics of domestic ennui, linked by thin schematic lines, flow charts of word balloons and worried portraits of the Oak Park, Ill., genius himself. It's like the blueprints for a bomb that leaves you melancholy. Even if I wanted to avoid it, I couldn't: My desk is only slightly larger than the book, yet "Monograph" ($60, Rizzoli), a survey of an artist who turns only 50 this month, is perfectly outsized, correctly singular.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on his never-ending quest to excavate African-American history

Pioneering feminist Anna J. Cooper once wrote, "black people have to stop imitating white people and white culture." She went on to say that black Americans in 1893 had to find their own voice, the roots of which are buried in the literature, mythology and folktales and music created by their enslaved ancestors. A century later, when Henry Louis Gates Jr. read her essay, published in "The Southern Workman," he found her words exceptional.

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Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

Books

Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Dec. 3, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan (c) 2017 NPD Group.

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