We all know Santa as the jolly old man with the snow white beard, but what was young Santa like? Jon Agee has fashioned a wonderfully creative story to answer that question, as well as other mysteries of Christmas…how did he get flying reindeer? Where did the elves come from? Why does he have a sleigh? Why does he come down the chimney?
This would make a very nice read-aloud story, which is a good family activity for the holiday season. The book is slightly oversize and the illustrations are fairly basic, with thick lines outlining the drawings and Santa standing out by the color of his wardrobe versus his family.
I like that this isn’t an overly sappy Christmas story, although the idea of Santa’s family leaving him behind when they move to Florida is a bit depressing. Holy Snowflakes, this is a nice addition to a Christmas library collection.