Monday, February 10, 2014
Who is Santa? And how did he get to the North Pole? by Stephen W. Bigalow (illustrated by Bill Megenhardt)
Who is Santa?
And how did he get to the North Pole?
Author: Stephen W. Bigalow
Editors: Melissa Hammack and Sandy Bigalow
Illustrator: Bill Megenhardt
Publisher: Profit Publishing Co.
Publication Date: September 1, 2013
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This is another Christmas "origin story," this time the epic imaginings of Stephen W. Bigalow. To say this book is not what I was expecting would be an understatement. I had high hopes that this book would include at least SOME historical facts about how our modern image of Santa has been shaped, or how Santa's stories came to include things like flying reindeer or living at the North Pole. Instead it's just a complicated (and unbelievably looooong) book about Santa and Mrs. Claus directing elf crews and fighting "grumpies."
I can't imagine who the target audience for this book is. Any child old enough to sit through this wordy chapter book would either be too old to want to hear it or too savvy to enjoy it. I just can't...it's...no. Just no.