So, I’m not this big “let’s do Santa” person. It’s just not my thing. Occasionally though I meet a Santa book that actually has a good moral lesson behind it. Santa Baby is one such book. Sometimes, just sometimes, even Santa has a lesson or two to learn.
The Details of Santa Baby
Did you know the Jonathan Stutzman grew up reading Christmas books every year? He’s finally written one of his own. He hearkens back to his own childhood as he wrote Santa Baby. Heather Fox did an excellent job of providing the illustrations that brought Mr. Stutzman’s book to life.
Children 4-8 years old will delight in the situation that Santa has found himself in. It begs the question: Can Christmas be saved? What will happen with Santa?
Raincoast books provided me with an ARC copy of this hardcover with a fly picture book. 48 pages filled with all the colours of Christmas. The elves are confounded, Santa unable to communicate clearly, and Christmas is just four days away! Whatever will happen?
From the Cover of Santa Baby
Ho Ho Ho is Ow Ow Ow for Santa in his senior years. How could he, when he was so sore, deliver gifts for children all over the world? Do you see how Ms. Fox’s illustration help to showcase the story?
Santa’s aches are pains are so obvious, you can understand his desire to be young, once again. No more pain! But Santa forgot, Christmas magic is a powerful thing. How could he manage the consequences.
The font isn’t huge, but not terribly small either. It will be easiest to read with a child in your lap, but with some prep, reading with a group of children would be quite doable. I could just hear those children giggling. Santa Baby is a fun read.
Santa can’t do it all himself! Can he figure out a solution? Will he ever feel the wonders of Christmas again?
Should you get it?
Seeing the tables turned on Santa, how he himself needed to learn a lesson of his own was excellent. I think children would have a lot of fun not only listening to this story being read, but in guessing what might happen next.
Santa Baby is a cleverly written picture book. Humour, excellent illustrations, it’s well worth a second look.