Santa Claus
Santa Claus

Santa Claus

All About Me

By Juliette Atkinson, Illustrated by John Atkinson

FICTION

96 Pages, 9.5 x 11.5

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $34.95 (US $34.95) (CA $38.95)

Publication Date: November 2013

ISBN 9789881512659

Price: $34.95
 
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Overview

Drawn from his previously unpublished private diaries, the secret life of Santa is revealed with these festive anecdotes from over the centuries. Readers will discover the truth about where Santa Claus lives, how he manages the elves in his gift workshops at the North Pole, how the good saint’s outfits have changed over the years, and that his favorite treat is a bag of Snowmints. With this ultimate Christmas gift book filled with artwork of Father Christmas, readers will delight in the secrets and surprises, including a pop-up snowflake, festive seasonal recipes, and even a silver sixpence.

Reviews

"Eye-catching artwork, interactive embellishments, and snippets of Christmas lore present quite a bit for readers to sink their teeth into." —Publishers Weekly

"an omnium-gatherum of Christmastime lore, customs, history, literature, fond memories and personal notes... handsome, informative gift item." —Kirkus Reviews

"This book is so much fun, and you and your kids will pore over it for hours." —Jenny Williams, geekdad.com

Editorial ReviewsThe New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith…gorgeous, funny and informative…The ratio of text to illustration is fairly high, so older children will probably get the most out of this book, but the flaps and letters and pop-ups mean there is something to amuse younger readers too.Publishers Weekly09/23/2013Originally published in 2010, this coffee table–ready guide to all things Santa Claus and Christmas unfolds as a wide-ranging collection of private diaries, written by the man himself. Numerous flaps and mini-booklets combine with a few pop-up elements, reproductions of vintage holiday illustrations, photos, and John Atkinson’s painterly illustrations as Santa expounds on favorite stories he’s heard from children over the years, his many names and costumes around the globe, and even slightly tangential subjects like the history of flight and the spice trade (“Just think, if we didn’t have spices and sweeteners, we wouldn’t have mince pies!”). While adults are perhaps most likely to appreciate this Santa’s discursiveness as he jumps from topic to topic, the eye-catching artwork, interactive embellishments, and snippets of Christmas lore present quite a bit for readers to sink their teeth into. All ages. (Oct.)From the Publisher “Eye-catching artwork, interactive embellishments, and snippets of Christmas lore present quite a bit for readers to sink their teeth into.” —Publishers Weekly“an omnium-gatherum of Christmastime lore, customs, history, literature, fond memories and personal notes... handsome, informative gift item.” —Kirkus Reviews “This book is so much fun, and you and your kids will pore over it for hours.” —Jenny Williams, geekdad.com Children’s Literature - Leona IlligThis large, beautiful book is a collector’s item containing information, wisdom, and wit about Christmas traditions, customs, food, music, and more. All of the information is contained in a loosely structured journal, written by Santa himself. Want to discover surprising tidbits about Christmas literature? Find out when and why England banned Christmas, and how the holiday was celebrated in World War I? Or, if you are more interested in Santa’s personal life, you might like to find out what Santa does on vacation (spoiler alert: it does not involve snow), or see what Santa looks like in other parts of the world. Maybe you even need to know how to avoid speeding tickets when driving a sleigh with eight tiny reindeer. Whatever the question, you are likely to find the answer here. The illustrations are large, lush, and often are accompanied by tiny inserts; there is even a pop-up snowflake. This is the type of book that one can enjoy a little at a time, rather than trying to read it straight through. There is a lot of text, but it is broken up by subject and illustrations, so that the reader can pick and choose an item of interest, whether it is from literature, history, or whimsy. Reading a selection or two from this book at holiday time could soon become a family tradition. A book that contains the best of Christmas lore and traditions, it is bound to be a treasured keepsake, returned to year after year, and passed down generation after generation. Reviewer: Leona Illig Kirkus Reviews2013-11-02Going back over his diaries, the jolly old elf himself presents an omnium-gatherum of Christmastime lore, customs, history, literature, fond memories and personal notes. The text opens with an appreciation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and closes with the full text of Clement Clarke Moore’s renowned verses (though without addressing the controversy of their authorship). In between, the loquacious memoirist wanders over the holiday map with disquisitions on elves, reindeer and seasonal foods; activities from snow festivals and winter sports to his own summer vacations; references to Christmas films and music; recipes for gingerbread and other treats; a tally of international alter egos and selected aw-shucks requests from children met in “grottos” all over the world. Santa’s narrative, printed in an elegant if not particularly legible script, comes decorated with headers in, often, silver ink, painted scenes both new and old, two big sparkly pop-ups and over a dozen detachable artifacts ranging from a real sixpence and a paper crown to an elf’s union card and an instructional booklet for sleigh drivers. Along with full measures of holiday spirit, readers will come away with answers to such common questions as what Santa does with all the “tipple” left out for him (he recycles it into “a jolly useful biofuel” with a spell) and how reindeer can fly (hint: methane emissions). A ribbon tie adds an additional touch of class to this handsome, informative gift item. (dedicated website with full-page images) (Novelty. 8-12, adult)

Author Biography

Juliette Atkinson is the author of Victorian Biography Reconsidered. John Atkinson is an artist who trained at the Coventry School of Art and Design, England.