I know it’s a little early to review a Christmas book…we haven’t even had Thanksgiving. I’m all for enjoying turkey, but in case you’re going Christmas shopping soon, you may want to add this to your list!
Written and Illustrated by Jon Agee
Themes: Holidays, Family
Synopsis: (from publishers website) Ever wonder what Santa was like as a child? Award-winning author/illustrator Jon Agee brings us the funny, playful answer in this Christmas picture book destined to become a classic.
Little Santa loves the North Pole. The rest of his family? Not so much. So, when they decide to move to Florida, Santa is miserable. Lucky for him, a blizzard foils their plans. The only way out of the house is up the chimney. Up goes Santa, to look for help, and along the way, he meets a reindeer and a large group of elves, who are more than eager to join in the rescue!
With the sly humor of Jon Klassen and the read-aloud pleasure of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, this tale of Santa’s beginnings is perfect for every kid’s holiday library.
Opening: In the North Pole, in a little cabin, lived Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their seven children, Larry, Mary, Willy, Millie, Joey, Zoe, and Santa.
OK, if I haven’t yet convinced you to head to the store this very instant, I know this trailer will have you curious enough about Santa as a boy that you will definitely be buying it for the Christmas season.
Here are a few activities I thought would be fun.
Before reading the story, ask children what they think Santa would’ve been like as a kid. Judging from the trailer, that will be a fun discussion.
More Discussion after reading the book. What do you think would’ve been on Santa‘s Christmas list when he was a kid? If you had elves living at your house, what chores would you like for them to help with.
There are a slew of activities for Christmas, but I thought northpole.com was a good one for online fun.
Why I Love This Book: Well, I like a Merry Christmas just as much as the next person, and great Christmas books are a big part of making it merry. I’m already merry just holding this one in my hands. It’s just as clever as can be. I couldn’t wait to turn the next page to see what would happen. And on top of that, “I believe!” Yes, I’ve always believed in Santa and now I totally believe this story of how a boy named Santa became the adult Santa of today! Way to go Jon Agee! I love the way he included details of how Santa operates…the chimney, the reindeer, the elves! It’s all woven in this charming tale and makes perfect sense. You can probably tell from the cover that the illustrations are most delightful! Prepare yourself for a major dose of jolliness as you take it in page by wonderful page! So…Ho! Ho! Ho! and Go! Go! Go! get this book!
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