Little Santa by Jon Agee
Christmas books are tricky. They are often too sugary and sparkly or simply dull. Happily, each year there are little holiday gems. This is one of those. It is the story of a young Santa and how he grew up and became the Santa everyone loves. Santa grew up at the North Pole along with his large family. While he loved it there, everyone else in his family hated it. They planned to move to Florida instead. But just when everyone was packed and ready to leave, a huge blizzard hit. It was up to Santa to figure out how to save his family. He set off to look for help and along the way found a flying reindeer and a group of elves. Soon it was Santa to the rescue! The elves, reindeer and Santa made such a great team that the rest is history.
Agee keeps far away from anything too tinsel-filled or cute. He uses his trademark simple illustrations to keep a straight-forward tone to the book that is very refreshing in the crowded Christmas market. He also manages to be a bit sly and silly along the way, adding a bit of zest into this Christmas treat. The writing is clear and crisp, perfect for sharing aloud.
Grab a cup of cocoa with plenty of marshmallows and get ready to share a stellar new Christmas gift. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from library copy.