It’s Christmas Eve. The tree is decorated. The hot chocolate has been poured. Now it’s time to read Christmas books – the most magical books of the year. But after reading The Night Before Christmas and a couple of family favorites (Polar Express? The Grinch?), there’s time for one more story. Little Santa by Jon Agee is one of the most delightful Christmas picture books I’ve seen in years. I think this one will become part of the annual rotation in lots of families. It’s funny and cheerful and festive. I plan to add a copy to my own holiday collection – and save for future grandchildren. Until then, my college age son will get to hear it!
First, a word about Jon Agee. He is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including two of my all-time favorites: Milo’s Hat Trick and The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau. His books are smart and original. Whenever I have a student who seems a little bored with picture books, I show them Felix Clousseau.
Little Santa is just as clever. It’s the story of Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their children (including Santa) who live at the North Pole (of course!). After a while, life in the snowy north takes its toll and they decide to move to Florida. I totally get that and think the Claus family made a good call. But….Little Santa seems to enjoy being cold. He doesn’t want to go. He enjoys meeting reindeer and going into chimneys. You can see where this is going.
One of my favorite things about Little Santa is his outfit – it reminds me of Peter in The Snowy Day. Both boys look awesome in their red coats.
You may actually want to buy a copy of Little Santa because after you read it, your kids will want to hear the story again.